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When you open a workbook that contains links to another workbook, Microsoft Excel asks you if you want to update links. If the file that the link is referring to no longer exists, or if it has been moved to a different folder, you may want to delete the links to avoid this message.
One of the most common link types is a formula link. A link formula in a cell can refer to a cell on a closed workbook file. If that file no longer exists, the formula is no longer valid. To delete such a link, click Find on the Edit menu, and search for an (!) exclamation point. Or, if this action fails, search for a ([ ]) square bracket. This will show each link in a sheet. You can then go to each cell, delete the formula, and replace it with the value that was in the cell. If many cells contain links, deleting the links may take some time. To speed up the deletion process, you may want to use one of the following methods. The macros will enable you to delete some links and not others. It does not delete links to workbooks that are open or within the active workbook.
NOTE: These macros may not work if the source file for a link is located on a network drive. If this is the case, the link will be found but not deleted.
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Article ID: 192895 - Last Review: October 6, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
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