Incorrect Links after Sorting Hyperlinks

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated February 5, 2024)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


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Susan has a worksheet with cells hyperlinked to corresponding PDF documents. The hyperlinks work fine until she attempts to perform any type of sorting on the data in the worksheet. After sorting, the hyperlinks are linked to incorrect documents.

This is, apparently, a problem with Excel under some circumstances. According to Microsoft, this occurs if you copy and paste cells containing hyperlinks and then sort the pasted cells. You can find out a bit more about this problem at the following Knowledge Base page:

https://support.microsoft.com/kb/214328

The problem is that the only solution noted by Microsoft is to manually correct the hyperlinks after doing the sort that created the messed-up links. In other words, there isn't a real solution.

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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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2020-10-29 03:22:59

J Mowatt

I was having this issue where a some of the hyperlinks in a column would be correct until I filtered from another column. Then there were clumps of the links that simply duplicated 1 specific link. When I sorted back again the links were all correct again.
I fixed it by copying the entire column that contained the links and pasting to another blank column. Then I deleted all the data from the original column and saved the file. After that I cust and pasted the column that I moved, back into its original place. When I filtered again the links remained intact. At least it saved having to go in and manually re-enter all of them.


2020-05-18 11:18:26

J. Woolley

A similar bug related to Excel hyperlinks is described in this PDF available on Google Drive:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gbzmXEOKBZ0c1W_NjdxWBHsfiQi5ImlP

You might also be interested in the SuperLink function, a superior substitute for Excel's HYPERLINK function, which is described in this PDF available on Google Drive:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vAXFMwX43N7b-6fEhdY5E0PZRmIQ9zlA


2020-05-16 17:50:50

Michael

The only solution I have seen for Excel's poor handling of hyperlinks is to use the =HYPERLINK function in a cell or table. They are just as easy to maintain as regular hyperlinks and always sort and resort correctly.


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