Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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 January 10, 2015)

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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, and 2013. 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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What is 6 - 4?

2015-02-08 19:23:50

Q!

Sorry should have mentioned, I'm using Excel 2013;

Is there a way to either remove the ability for Excel to 'automatically' create a hyperlink when the '@' symbol is used? If not, is there a way to removed the hyperlink while keeping the font formats in the given cell - for several cells at once?


2015-02-08 19:22:27

Q!

Is there a way to either remove the ability for Excel to 'automatically' create a hyperlink when the '@' symbol is used? If not, is there a way to removed the hyperlink while keeping the font formats in the given cell - for several cells at once?


2015-01-13 09:08:08

Peter Moran

Richard,

Check out this tip of Allen's:
http://excel.tips.net/T002373_Removing_Hyperlinks_without_a_Macro.html


2015-01-12 08:39:12

Richard Sevier

Thanks, but that will delete everything. I only want to delete the hyperlink value itself, not the underlying data.


2015-01-11 23:12:33

MalR

You can also delete cells containing hyperlinks by dragging an adjacent blank cell over it. If there is one. You do not get the "do you want to replace" message that way.
If the cell with the hyperlink contains a comment that has to be deleted separately.


2015-01-11 08:57:54

MidJack

Thanks Steve, but I don't have that option in Excel 2007. I only have that option on a line-by-line basis when there is a hyperlink on the line.


2015-01-10 11:50:37

Stew Wright

Similar issue. How do you remove all image placeholders / tags from a worksheet and leave the cell data and formatting undisturbed?


2015-01-10 10:39:40

Steve J

MidJack,
Select the whole column by clicking on the column letter, right click, remove hyperlinks.


2015-01-10 08:53:37

MidJack

So how do you easily remove hyperlinks in an entire column containing both hyperlinked and non-hyperlinked data?

Is there a way easier than Coping the entire column; then Paste Special-Values to another location; then do a Cut Paste back to the original location?


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