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Symptoms

If you have a defined name in a workbook in Microsoft Excel 2002 or newer version that contains a link to another workbook, the link source may not be listed in the Edit Links dialog box.

Note To locate the Edit Links dialog box in Excel 2003 and in earlier versions of Excel, click Links on the Edit menu.

To do this in Excel 2007 or newer version, click Edit Links on the Data tab in the Connections group.

Note To determine whether you have a defined name or to add a defined name in Excel 2002 and in Excel 2003, point to Name on the Insert menu, and then click Define.

To do this in Excel 2007 or newer version, click Define Name on the Formulas tab in the Defined Names group.

Cause

This behavior occurs when the defined name that contains a link to another workbook is not used in your current workbook's calculation chain. This behavior is different from earlier versions of Excel because this is a design change.

Workaround

To work around this behavior, add a reference to the defined name in your workbook if you know that your workbook contains a defined name that contains a link to another workbook.

For example, if you have a defined name of "Test," type =Test in a cell of your worksheet, and then press ENTER.

More information

If a reference that is in a formula or in another defined name contains a link to another workbook that is not contained in the workbook, the link source for the defined name is not available in the Links dialog box.

You cannot use the Change Source feature in the Edit Links dialog box because the link source is not listed. Additionally, the Links option or the Edit Links option will not be available if the workbook does not contain any other link sources.

This new behavior in Excel was introduced to minimize the number of update link prompts that you may receive when your workbook is updated. Because the defined name is not used in the workbook's calculation chain, it is not necessary to update the link.

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Article ID: 837238 - Last Review: April 9, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2013
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