by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 22, 2016)
Bob wants to use a hyperlink to move from Sheet1 to cell A1 on Sheet2. He's got the hyperlink set up, but when he clicks it, he is taken to the last-used cell on Sheet2 instead of to cell A1. Bob wonders how to correct this behavior.
The answer depends on how, exactly, Bob created the hyperlink. It is possible, for instance, to create a hyperlink using the HYPERLINK worksheet function. If this is how the link was created, then all you need to do is make sure that you include the cell reference in the actual link destination, in this manner:
=HYPERLINK("#Sheet2!A1","Jump To Cell A1 in Sheet2")
If you prefer, you could also use a full worksheet designation, in this manner:
=HYPERLINK("[Book1.xlsx]'Sheet 2'!A2","Jump To Cell A1 in Sheet2")
Of course, it is possible that Bob created his hyperlink using the Hyperlink tool, in this manner:
Figure 1. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box.
The resulting hyperlink will jump to cell A1 on the designated worksheet. It is possible, in Bob's situation, that the Type the Cell Reference field (step 6) is set to some other value or it is blank. If that is the case, the solution is to go back and edit the hyperlink (right-click the hyperlink and choose Edit Hyperlink from the Context menu) so that A1 is in the field.
If you ensure that the Type the Cell Reference field is set to A1 and the hyperlink still doesn't take you to that cell, it is possible that you are encountering an Excel bug. There are reports that some versions of Excel (minor versions, mind you, not major versions) have this bug. The way you can figure out if you were bitten by the bug is to make sure that your version of Excel is up-to-date.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (13485) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.
Excel Smarts for Beginners! Featuring the friendly and trusted For Dummies style, this popular guide shows beginners how to get up and running with Excel while also helping more experienced users get comfortable with the newest features. Check out Excel 2013 For Dummies today!
Make a reference to a hyperlink in a formula, and you may be surprised that the reference doesn't return an active ...Discover More
If you have linked information in your worksheets, you may want a way you can easily change the targets to which those ...Discover More
Make a hyperlink to a cell in your workbook, edit the structure of that workbook a bit, and you may find that 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.