by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 17, 2015)
Fanie has a workbook with two worksheets. In the first worksheet she created hyperlinks to the second worksheet. Those hyperlinks worked fine until Fanie saved and reopened the workbook. The second time the hyperlinks were all gray and would no longer work, and she's at a loss as to why this occurred.
There are a few things you can try here. First, you need to make sure that the problem isn't due to something you inadvertently did in your workbook. Check to make sure that you didn't rename the second worksheet—the one that is the target of the hyperlinks. When you create hyperlinks, each of them references the name of the worksheet you specify as the target. If you later rename the worksheet, then the hyperlinks may not work as expected. If this is the case, you will need to either change the name of the worksheet back to its original name, or you will need to recreate the hyperlinks to point to the renamed worksheet.
If that is not the problem, you may want to turn off an option in Excel that causes the program to check hyperlinks whenever the workbook is saved. (There have been some reports that Excel disables the links a bit too early sometimes, which could be the behavior that Fanie is seeing.) Do this by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Files tab of the Web Options dialog box.
Finally, the problem may not even be related to Excel it is possible that the program is getting a bit confused if you changed your default browser after you originally created the hyperlinks—especially if you deleted whatever browser used to be your default. If you think this may be the root of the problem, the only thing you can do is to recreate the hyperlinks.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (13403) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013.
Save Time and Supercharge Excel! Automate virtually any routine task and save yourself hours, days, maybe even weeks. Then, learn how to make Excel do things you thought were simply impossible! Mastering advanced Excel macros has never been easier. Check out Excel 2010 VBA and Macros today!
When you copy information from a Web page and paste it into a worksheet, you can end up with more than you bargained for. ...Discover More
Hyperlinks can be helpful in some worksheets but bothersome in others. Here's how to get rid of any hyperlinks you don't ...Discover More
When you insert into a cell a hyperlink that references a file on your system, the text displayed by default matches the ...Discover More
FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."
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.