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: Extracting Hyperlink Information.

Extracting Hyperlink Information

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 7, 2021)

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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 c As Range

    For Each c In Selection
        If c.Hyperlinks.Count > 0 Then
            c.Offset(0, 1) = c.Hyperlinks(1).Address
            c.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 Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Extracting Hyperlink Information.

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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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2021-08-08 12:16:53

J. Woolley

You might also be interested in this array function in My Excel Toolbox:
=ListHyperlinks([AllSheets], [SkipHeader])
Anchor, Text, Hyperlink Address, and ScreenTip are listed for each hyperlink in the worksheet or workbook. This function is most useful as a dynamic array in newer versions of Excel. You can also use it like this in older versions of Excel that do not support dynamic arrays:
=SpillArray(ListHyperlinks([AllSheets], [SkipHeader]))
SpillArray will determine and populate the spill range for its array expression argument, simulating a dynamic array.
See https://sites.google.com/view/MyExcelToolbox/


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