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This article was previously published under Q271856
When you paste or import text that looks like a hyperlink into a cell, the hyperlink does not actually work but remains as a text entry. If you type the same text into a cell by using the keyboard, Microsoft Excel interprets the entry as an active hyperlink.
Microsoft Excel does not interpret these text values as hyperlinks unless they are typed from the keyboard.
To convert cells that contain valid hyperlink text in Excel to active hyperlinks, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Edit the Hyperlink by Using the Keyboard

  1. Select a cell that contains a hyperlink that appears as text.
  2. Press F2 and then press ENTER.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each cell, as needed.

Method 2: Use a Macro

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For additional information about how to use the sample code in this article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
Sub HyperAdd()' ' Converts each text hyperlink selected into a working hyperlink'    For Each xCell In Selection        ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=xCell, Address:=xCell.Formula    Next xCell'    'End Sub				
To see an example of this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Open Notepad and type the following text:
  2. Copy the text to the clipboard, and open or switch to Excel.
  3. Paste the text into Excel. Notice that the hyperlinks appear valid but are not active. When you click them, nothing happens.
  4. Use one of the methods in this article to convert the text to valid hyperlinks. Now when you click one of the links, the page opens in your browser.

Article ID: 271856 - Last Review: 01/29/2007 06:04:41 - Revision: 4.2

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