Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Editing a Hyperlink.

Editing a Hyperlink

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 19, 2016)

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Once a hyperlink is placed in your worksheet, it is not unusual to periodically need to change the link in some way. This is quite easy to do, using any of the following methods:

  • Select the cell that contains the hyperlink and then click on the Hyperlink tool on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  • Right-click on the hyperlink, choose Hyperlink from the Context menu, and then choose Edit Hyperlink.

To select a cell in which a hyperlink is located, simply click on an adjacent cell (one without a hyperlink) and use the arrow keys to select the cell. If you try to click on the cell directly, you will instead activate the hyperlink.

At the conclusion of any of these steps, the Edit Hyperlink dialog box is visible. The difference between this instance and actually adding a hyperlink is that all the information in the dialog box is already filled in. You can make edits to your heart's content, and then click on OK to save your changes.

While pulling up the Edit Hyperlink dialog box provides the most flexibility (you can change everything about the link in one place), it can be a pain to do. If all you want to do is change the text used for the hyperlink, Excel makes the process very easy. Simply change the contents of the cell, and the hyperlink text is automatically changed. Thus, you can select the cell containing the hyperlink and begin typing. What you type becomes the text for the hyperlink.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11844) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Editing 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 4 + 2?

2016-03-19 12:19:51

Dana

To edit a cell containing a hyperlink, simply click and hold the cell briefly; you will see the "finger pointer" change to the normal "plus" pointer. Release the click and edit as desired!


2016-03-19 08:17:43

Alan Cannon

Another, easier, way to select a cell with a hyperlink is to simply click and hold the left mouse button on the cell. After about one second you will see the pointing finger change to the normal cell selection indicator, showing that the cell is selected. Don't click and release, that invokes the hyperlink.


2016-03-19 06:59:45

Willy Vanhaelen

If your cell is wider than the text of your hyperlink (even a little bit)) you can select it directly by clicking in the white space next to the text.

The cursor will be a hand when hovering over the displayed text (executing the hyperlink when clicking) but will change to the "select mode" cursor (a cross) as soon as you reach the white space next to the displayed text. Clicking then selects the cell instead of executing the hyperlink.


2016-03-19 05:50:49

Rien

Selecting a cell with a hyperlink can also be done by long-pressing the mouse button. After about a second the cursor changes and you can edit the cell without activating the hyperlink.


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