Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 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: Deleting a Hyperlink.

Deleting a Hyperlink

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 10, 2021)

Part of Excel's compatibility with the Web is to allow you to define hyperlinks in your workbooks. There may come a time when you no longer need a particular hyperlink. Fortunately, deleting a hyperlink in Excel is very easy to do. All you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the hyperlink. Excel displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Remove Hyperlink. Excel dutifully removes the hyperlink.

You can also try to get rid of a hyperlink by simply clearing the cell. Just move to the cell and press the Del key or the Backspace key. The cell contents (the hyperlink) should disappear. The problem with this is that only the contents are gone; the formatting remains. Thus, when you later type something into the cell, it will be blue and underlined, looking like a hyperlink. It isn't a hyperlink; it is just formatted as a hyperlink. To make it look different you'll need to change the formatting.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9873) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Deleting a Hyperlink.

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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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