How to use Excel HYPERLINK function

Introduction

HYPERLINK function in excel a shortcut function that creates a shortcut in the cell in which it is used. This shortcut may contain a reference to another cell of the same worksheet or another worksheet OR may contain a link to a network, internet, web, and intranet. When one clicks on the cell containing that hyperlink, excel opens the link provided in the function.

Syntax

=HYPERLINK(Link_location, Friendly_name)

Arguments

  • Link_Location- It is name of the file or its path which will be opened. This link_location may contain a reference to another cell of the same worksheet or another worksheet OR may contain a link to a network, internet, web, and intranet.
  • Friendly_name- It is the text or number value displayed in the cell. It is usually in blue color and underlined. If left blank, HYPERLINK will use Link_location as the default Friendly_name.

Keynotes

  • The link_location argument should be a text string or a cell reference that has the path to the link.
  • If Friendly_name argument is left blank, HYPERLINK function will use link_location as the friendly_name.
  • When one clicks on the cell containing that hyperlink, excel goes to the reference mentioned OR opens the link provided in the link_location.

Examples

In the following example, a table of websites is given in column A and their link is given in column B using HYPERLINK function.

hyperlink function

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