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Article ID: 156353 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 3.0

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Microsoft Excel 97 has no menu option that enables you to select all hyperlinks within a worksheet.


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  1. Create a new workbook in Microsoft Excel.
  2. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Visual Basic Editor.
  3. In the Visual Basic Editor, click Module on the Insert menu.
  4. Type the following code into the module:
          'This Sub procedure deletes all hyperlinks in the active worksheet.
          Sub DeleteAllHyperlinks()
              For Each xLink In ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks
              Next xLink
          End Sub
          'This Sub procedure displays a series of message boxes indicating
          'the location of each hyperlink in the active worksheet.
          Sub ReportHyperlinkLocations()
              For Each xLink In ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks
                  MsgBox xLink.Range.Address
              Next xLink
          End Sub
          'This Sub procedure identifies each hyperlink and asks if you want
          'to delete it. If you click Yes, the hyperlink is deleted.
          Sub ReportAndDeleteHyperlinks()
              For Each xLink In ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks
                  Response = MsgBox("Delete hyperlink in cell " & _
                      xLink.Range.Address & " ?", vbYesNo)
                  If Response = vbYes Then xLink.Delete
              Next xLink
          End Sub
          'This Sub procedure selects all cells in the worksheet that contain
          'hyperlinks. You can then clear the selected cells to delete all of
          'the hyperlinks.
          Sub SelectAllHyperlinkCells()
              FirstCell = 1
              For Each xLink In ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks
                  If FirstCell = 1 Then
                      Set xRange = xLink.Range
                      FirstCell = 0
                      Set xRange = Application.Union(xRange, xLink.Range)
                  End If
              Next xLink
          End Sub
  5. On the File menu, click "Close and Return to Microsoft Excel."
If you insert some hyperlinks into your worksheet, you can try running the different macros by pointing to Macro on the Tools menu and clicking Macros. Then, select the name of the macro to run, and click Run.

More information

The Go To Special dialog box in Microsoft Excel enables you to select cells or objects in a worksheet in several different combinations. For example, you can select all objects in a worksheet, or select all cells that contain conditional formats or comments.

To use the Go To Special dialog box, follow these steps:

  1. On the Edit menu, click Go To.
  2. Click Special.
But, the Go To Special dialog box does not offer the choice of selecting all cells that contain hyperlinks. Because of this, you may encounter some difficulty when working with large numbers of hyperlinks; for example, if you want to delete all hyperlinks from your worksheet, there is no way to do this without using a macro.


For more information about hyperlinks, click Contents And Index on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text
hyperlinks, creating
and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Create a hyperlink" topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the Office Assistant.

Applies to
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
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