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)

4

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.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Displaying Messages When Automatic Data Changes

It is possible to develop macros that update the information in your worksheets automatically. In such instances, you may ...

Discover More

Condensing Multiple Worksheets Into One

Want a quick way to combine your worksheets? This tip features a simple macro to do the task for you.

Discover More

Changing References in a Lot of Defined Names

Need to change some cell references in your defined names? Changing one or two is easy; changing dozens is a good deal ...

Discover More

Program Successfully in Excel! John Walkenbach's name is synonymous with excellence in deciphering complex technical topics. With this comprehensive guide, "Mr. Spreadsheet" shows how to maximize your Excel experience using professional spreadsheet application development tips from his own personal bookshelf. Check out Excel 2013 Power Programming with VBA today!

More ExcelTips (ribbon)

Editing a Hyperlink

Excel will cheerfully keep track of all sorts of hyperlinks for you. If you want to change the hyperlink in some way, ...

Discover More

Inserting Hyperlinks

Connect your worksheets with other workbooks or with the world of the Internet. The ability to add hyperlinks makes this ...

Discover More

Don't Update Links to Other Programs

If you have links in your workbook to data in other workbooks, you may want to control whether Excel updates those links ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four more than 9?

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


This Site

Got a version of Excel that uses the ribbon interface (Excel 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.