In Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition, if you attempt to insert a
hyperlink that refers to another file, such as a Microsoft Excel workbook,
Microsoft Word document, or Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, you may
receive the following error message:
An error occurred while browsing files.
This problem occurs if the length of the folder path for the file you want
to reference exceeds 210 characters.
In this context, the term "folder path" is defined as the path to a file
and does not include the file name itself or any leading colons.
You can create a hyperlink to another file only if the folder path to that
file does not exceed 210 characters in length.
If files are stored on your computer in such a way that the folder
paths for the files exceed this limit, you must move the files into
different folders so that the folder paths are shorter.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Excel 98
Macintosh Edition. We are researching this problem and will post new
information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.
When you create a hyperlink in Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition, the
path that is used by the hyperlink appears in the cell. The following are
::My Documents:PowerPoint Presentations:Quarterly Report
My Documents:PowerPoint Presentations:Quarterly Report
If the workbook that contains the hyperlink is stored in the Desktop
Folder, the hyperlink appears similar to the first example, that is, with
leading colons. Otherwise, the hyperlink appears similar to the second
In these examples, the length of the following example folder path
My Documents:PowerPoint Presentations:
is 38 characters. Note that the name of the file ("Quarterly Report") and
the leading colons (::) are not included in the folder path.