How to check and manage the status of links in Excel 2002 or later versions of Excel


This step-by-step article describes how to check the status of links and determine what actions are needed based on the status reported. The Edit Links dialog box in Microsoft Excel provides improved functionality, which allows you more control over the links in your workbooks.

Check Links

A link is a reference to another workbook. It is sometimes called an external reference. A link can also be made to another program, such as Microsoft Word 2002. This type of link is sometimes called a remote reference. Because data in another workbook or program may change, there are options to control how links are updated.

To check the status of the links in your workbook, follow these steps:
  1. On the Edit menu, click

    Note The Links command is unavailable if your file does not contain linked information.
  2. Click Check Status to update the status for all links in the list.

    This process may take several minutes if the workbook contains a large number of links or if the source workbook for the links is on a network location and the network connection is slow.

    When the Check Status procedure is finished, the current status for all existing links is displayed in the Status column.
  3. To further manage the links, select the link, and then take the required action as indicated in the following table:

    Status Action Required
    OK No action required; the link is working and up to

    Unknown Click Check Status to update the status for all
    links in the list.

    Not applicable The link uses Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
    or Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE). Excel
    2002 cannot check the status of these types of

    Error: Click Change Source and select the correct
    Source not found workbook. The source may have been moved or

    Error: Click Change Source, and then select the correct
    Worksheet not found worksheet. The source may have been moved or

    Warning: Click Update Values. The link was not updated when
    Values not updated the workbook was opened.

    Warning: Click Open Source and calculate the workbook by
    Source not pressing F9. The workbook may be set to manual
    recalculated calculation. To set to automatic calculation, click
    Options on the Tools menu, select the
    Calculation tab, and then click Automatic.

    Warning: Some names cannot be resolved until the source
    Undefined or workbook is opened. Click Open Source, switch
    non-rectangular name back to the destination workbook, and then click
    Check Status. If this does not resolve the issue,
    make sure the name is not misspelled or missing.
    Switch to the source workbook, point to Name on the
    Insert menu, click Define, and then look for the

    Warning: Click Open Source. The link cannot be updated until
    Open source to the source is open.
    update values

    Source is open The source is open. No action required unless
    worksheet errors are present.

    Values updated No action required; the values have been updated.
    from filename

    Warning: Excel cannot determine the status of the link.
    Status indeterminate The source may contain no worksheets or be saved
    in an unsupported file format. Click Update Values.


For more information about links, click Microsoft Excel Help on the Help menu, type links in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topics returned.

ID článku: 288940 – Posledná kontrola: 29. 4. 2008 – Revízia: 1