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Edit Links in MS Excel

How to use Edit Links function


Now we will see that how we use edit links function in MS Excel.

For that we will for score to our data tab and then we will see an 'Edit links' option. It is not available on every worksheet file.

Basically link is where the information of our source file and destination file is stored.

It is mainly used to view all the other files this spreadsheet is linked to, so that you can update or remove the links.

We have already seen that how we can apply formula from different worksheets to single worksheets.

Now if we go to any of the cell and see its trace precedants, then we will notice that whichever cell data is used in any other formula is shown by some arrows. We can also remove those arrows by selecting Remove Arrow option.

So now like this how we can know that whose cell's trace precedents we should see. So for that we have another option which is known as trace dependents which will show that where this cell is used and on double clicking it will also mention the location.

So by using Edit links we can know that from where the data is coming particularly.

Now after performing all the task we can close our workbook file by pressing 'Ctrl+W' key.

Now for example we change some data from over source file, then when we go to our final file where formula is used, we can see a warning in the top mentioning 'Automatic update of links has been disabled'. We can Enable content by selecting it.

So this is how edit link works, if any data is coming from other file it will be activated in that particular file.


Select Hyperlink from the Insert tab. You can also use Ctrl+K or right-click the cell or graphic and select Edit Hyperlink from the shortcut menu. Make the adjustments you wish in the Edit Hyperlink dialogue box.

The Edit Links function may be useful if you need to alter or delete links between your spreadsheet and other files. You can view and edit all of the other files linked to your spreadsheet using the Edit Links function.

  • To get started, go to the Data tab.
  • Select Edit Links from the Connections group. It opens the Edit Links dialogue box, which displays a list of all the referenced workbooks.
  • To convert all related cells to values, click Break Links.

  • Replace a link that already exists.
  • Right-click anywhere on the link and select Edit Hyperlink from the shortcut menu.
  • Select the text in the Text to display box in the Edit Hyperlink dialogue.
  • Click OK after typing the text you want to use for the link.

To enter edit mode, double-click the cell or use F2, then scroll to the end of the URL and press the Space key. Excel will turn a text string into a hyperlink that may be clicked.

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