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: Extracting Hyperlink Information.

Extracting Hyperlink Information

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 16, 2020)

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Cheryl has a worksheet that contains many hyperlinks. The display text for each hyperlink is different than the target for the hyperlink. These hyperlinks are all in column A. Cheryl would like to leave the display text in column A, move the target URL into column B, and delete the hyperlink in column A. What she needs to end up with is the display text in column A, the URL in column B, and no active hyperlinks in the worksheet.

Processing and extracting information from hyperlinks in this manner requires the use of a macro. The following is an example of a flexible macro that examines whatever hyperlinks are in the selected range of cells. If a hyperlink is found, the URL for the hyperlink is entered to the right of the hyperlink and then the hyperlink itself is deleted. This leaves the display text in the cell where the hyperlink used to be.

Sub GetHLInfo()
    Dim rRng As Range
    Dim cell As Range

    Set rRng = ActiveSheet.Range(ActiveWindow.Selection.Address)
    For Each cell In rRng
        If cell.Hyperlinks.Count > 0 Then
            cell.Offset(0, 1) = cell.Hyperlinks(1).Address
            cell.Hyperlinks(1).Delete
        End If
    Next
End Sub

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9898) 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: Extracting Hyperlink Information.

Author Bio

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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2016-03-19 13:19:37

SandyLee Griswold

Thank you so much for this macro. You saved me HOURS of time this morning. You're my HERO!


2014-08-11 12:10:55

Bryan

The first working line of the macro is really clumsy... instead of

Set rRng = ActiveSheet.Range(ActiveWindow.Selection.Address)

Why not

Set rRng = Selection

Or better yet, just skip the extra object and use Selection directly within the loop. Usually I'm not a fan of the Select object, but in this case it's how you are choosing what cells to run the macro over so it's the most logical choice.


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