Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Updating Links.

Updating Links

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 20, 2018)

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Normally, if you have linked information in your workbook, the information is updated whenever you open the workbook. There may be times when you need to update the links manually, however. You do this by following these steps:

  1. Display the Data tab of the ribbon.
  2. In the Connections group, click the Edit Links tool. Excel displays the Edit Links dialog box(Excel 2007, Excel 2010, and Excel 2013). If you are using Excel 2016 or a later version, the Edit Links tool is found in the Queries & Connections group. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Edit Links dialog box.

  4. Select the link you want to update.
  5. Click on Update Values.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for any other links you want to update.
  7. Click on Close.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7556) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Updating Links.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is four more than 9?

2019-08-18 08:03:29

Dan Simhony

Dear Allen,

I have links in my (destination) workbook to other workbooks (sources) on the very same desktop. I want the destination workbook to be automatically updated each time I open the destination workbook. Why do I keep getting this Edit Links dialog box? How do I get rid of it?

I will be much obliged for your opinion about it as the Internet is full of complaints without any solution.

Sincerely,

Dan Simhony


2018-10-20 14:07:48

MW

For Hot Keys/Shortcut to quickly get to the same Edit box:

Type Alt + A + K

To update all your links: Type Alt + A + K + U


2018-10-20 07:31:08

Col Delane

If the linked workbooks (precedent and dependent) are both open, and Calculation mode is set to either Semi-automatic or Automatic, the dependent workbook will be updated automatically whenever any change occurs in the precedent workbook - no manual intervention required.


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