Excel Hyperlink Function

This Excel tutorial explains how to use Excel Hyperlink Function to add hyperlink to Cell and send email.

Excel Hyperlink Function

Excel Hyperlink Function is to add a hyperlink to a Cell.

You can add hyperlink without using any Function. Right click on a Cell and then select Hyperlink to enter a web address or email address.

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With Excel Hyperlink Function, you only need to enter arguments for the Function instead of right clicking a Cell. This is useful if you are trying to create a hyperlink with arguments depending on another Cell value.

If you are using VBA, there is another VBA Function Hyperlinks (note the s).

Syntax of Excel Hyperlink Function

HYPERLINK(link_location, [friendly_name])
Link_location Required. The path and file name to the document to be opened. Link_location can refer to a place in a document — such as a specific cell or named range in an Excel worksheet or workbook, or to a bookmark in a Microsoft Word document. The path can be to a file that is stored on a hard disk drive. The path can also be a universal naming convention (UNC) path on a server (in Microsoft Excel for Windows) or a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) path on the Internet or an intranet.
Friendly_name Optional. The jump text or numeric value that is displayed in the cell. Friendly_name is displayed in blue and is underlined. If friendly_name is omitted, the cell displays the link_location as the jump text.

Friendly_name can be a value, a text string, a name, or a cell that contains the jump text or value.

If friendly_name returns an error value (for example, #VALUE!), the cell displays the error instead of the jump text.

Example 1 – Create hyperlink for website

Type the followings in Cell A1, it creates a hyperlink to open http://access-excel.tips in web browser when you click on the Cell.

=HYPERLINK("http://access-excel.tips","Excel tips")

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Example 2 – Create hyperlink to Cell in current workbook

The below example creates a hyperlink to the current workbook sheet1 Cell A1. Note that you have to use # to indicate the current workbook.

=HYPERLINK("#'Sheet1'!A1","Excel tips")

Example 3 – Create hyperlink to Cell in other workbook

The below example creates a hyperlink to another Workbook. When you click on the link, the workbook will open in Read-Only mode.

=HYPERLINK("[C:\Book2.xlsx]Sheet1!A1","Excel tips")

Example 4 – Create hyperlink to Bookmark in Word Document

The below example creates a hyperlink to the bookmark of Work document. When you click on the link, the Word will open in Read-Only mode.

=HYPERLINK("[C:\example.docx]page2","Excel tips")

Example 5 – Create hyperlink to send email

Replace the red text with your value. OA% is carriage return (to change to the next row)

=HYPERLINK("mailto:receiver@yahoo.com,receiver2@yahoo.com?cc=receiver3@yahoo.com&subject=Email me&body=Dear Peter%0A%0Aline 1%0A%0ARegards%0AWyman","Send Email")

When you click on the link, Outlook will open with your specified values.

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Wyman is a Business Analyst based in Hong Kong, specialized in business analysis, project management, and also creating custom Function and Sub solutions, and is proficient in report automation with Access.

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