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Editing an Excel Hyperlink

Editing an Excel Hyperlink

Do you have hyperlinks in your MS Excel worksheets?

Ever try to click on it for editing purposes? What happens?

Yep, that’s right. The link is activated and you’re accidentally on your way to a Web site or find that a new e-mail has opened. Either way, it’s not what you wanted.

So, how exactly do we edit the hyperlinks without activating them?

I suppose we could choose to remove the hyperlink, edit the text and then turn it back into a hyperlink, but nah, that’s way too much work!

While I’m sure there’s a lot of ways to accomplish this task, there’s a few I can think of that aren’t too troublesome.

One way that comes to mind is to select the cell using the keyboard. If you maneuver the cell selection with the page up/down and arrow keys, you’ll be able to select the cell without activating the link. Then use the F2 key to put the cursor into the cell for editing the text.

But, what if you’re a person who primarily navigates with the mouse? The moment you click that link, you’re toast. Or maybe not.

Next time, click and hold the mouse button down on the cell with the link. After a couple of seconds, you’ll notice the cursor change into a plus sign and then you’re free to release the mouse button. You’ll find that the cell has been selected without activating the link. Then use the F2 key or the Formula bar to edit the text.

That’s all there is to it. Click and hold is your key to link text editing!

~ April