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: Removing Hyperlinks without a Macro.

Removing Hyperlinks without a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 17, 2019)

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Looking for a quick, easy way to remove hyperlinks without a macro? Believe it or not, you can accomplish this by using the Paste Special features of Excel. Follow these steps:

  1. In a blank cell, enter the number 1.
  2. Select the cell and press Ctrl+C. The cell content (1) is now copied to the Clipboard.
  3. Hold down the Ctrl key as you click each hyperlink you want to remove.
  4. Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  5. Click the down-arrow under the Paste tool, then choose Paste Special. Excel displays the Paste Special dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Paste Special dialog box.

  7. Select the Multiply radio button.
  8. Click OK. All the hyperlinks are removed, but the text of the hyperlinks remain.
  9. Delete the cell you created in step 1.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10592) 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: Removing Hyperlinks without a Macro.

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What is two less than 5?

2020-06-30 21:25:29

John Mann

To clariify Cindy's comment, in my Excel 2010 there is no Editing tab. However, there is an Editing group in the Home tab. In the Home - Editing group click the Clear tool and from the drop-down menu choose "Remove Hyperlinks". This converts the hyperlink to plain text.


2019-07-17 15:07:06

Philip

Multiple by one ... what will that do if the cells contain text values ? Won’t that just generate lots of errors instead of replace hyperlinks with straight text ?


2019-07-17 09:11:31

Mark Brailsford

I just use the Remove Hyperlinks option on the context menu.


2019-07-17 08:49:50

Cindy

In version 2010 (maybe other versions also), in the Editing tab of the ribbon, Clear/Clear Hyperlinks


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