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How would I force an Excel hyperlink (to another spreadsheet) to open up in a new window of Excel, thereby leaving the original spreadsheet open.  Currently, hyperlinks close the calling spreadsheet.

The goal is to simply click on the hyperlink.  Thus far, the only way I know how to force a hyperlink to open into another window is by:
Right Click on the hyperlink, select "hyperlink/open in new window".

Suggestions please?
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Question by:sconnell
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by:antrat
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Hi sconnell

You need to save your file as "Microsoft Excel Workbook"

File>Save As then select "Microsoft Excel Workbook"  from the "save as type box"

Then all hperlinks will open as a new window

antrat
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by:sconnell
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No, that's not it.

By default, all spreadsheets had been saved as select "Microsoft Excel Workbook".

Any other possibility?   Perhaps some obscure switch setting?
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by:calacuccia
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Hi sconnell,

the reason for this to happen is that Excel considerates the files/workbooks as web pages when opening them via Hyperlinks, and acts like a browser. So when you click on a link, the source is closed.

I've discovered by playing around, that Excel doesn't close the original workbook, if modifications have been made. So, my suggestion is to set the status of the workbook(s) with the links to not saved at the opening of the file, so that it won't be closed when you click on hyperlinks.

To do this, put this code in the Workbook_Open event, which occurs when you open the workbook.

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
ActiveWorkbook.Saved = False
End Sub

To do this, in the file containing the hyperlink(s), right-click on the Excel-button, left to 'File' in the menu bar, and choose 'View Code' Now enter above macro in there, close VBA editor, save workbook, close it.

Now re-open it and test the hyperlink(s).

Good Luck

Calacuccia
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by:antrat
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That is very strange

No matter what I do, save or not saved a hyperlink to another workbook does not close the workbook with the hyperlink in it unless my workbook is not saved as "Microsoft Excel Workbook".

BTW this is only the default if you have changed it in Tools>Options>Transitions

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by:calacuccia
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Hi sconnell,

any news ?

Calacuccia
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by:calacuccia
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Grading to an answer... since no response (objections Antrat ?, that is, in a technical point of view, non-related with point difference)
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by:antrat
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Actually I really believe mine was the answer. Try this

Open a existing workbook and insert a Hyperlink refering to another existing workbook now save both  workbooks as "Microsoft Excel Workbook" and run the hyperlink. Both workbooks are open right?
Now save the file with the Hyperlink as "Microsoft Excel 5.0/97 Workbook" and try the Hperlink again. File with hyperlink closes right?


But I'm not worried about the points as I had forgotten about this one I just want to make sure I'm not going mad..


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by:calacuccia
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Antrat,


Open a existing workbook and insert a Hyperlink refering to another existing workbook now save both  workbooks as "Microsoft Excel Workbook" and run the hyperlink. Both workbooks are open right?

Sorry, but that closes the workbook with hyperlink ...

.... Found it, Finally.. In fact the workbook with a hyperlink is hidden (not closed) after activating the hyperlink, in my case and probably in Sconnel's case too.

Don't know why behaviour is different though.

I will withdraw my answer and wait a little more for Sconnel.
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by:antrat
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I am going mad, when I insert a hyperlink into an file saved as  "Microsoft Excel Workbook" that refers to another workbook also saved as "Microsoft Excel Workbook" and run the hyperlink both workbooks remain open, all I have to do is window between the 2.

If the workbook with the Hyperlink is saved as "Microsoft Excel 5.0/97 Workbook"  and I run the hyperlink the workbook with the Hyperlink closes.

Why is yours different????

Don't withdraw you answer, one of us at least should get the points and it may as well be you.


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by:calacuccia
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Which version of Web Browser are you running ? (Mine is IE5.0)

The hyperlink is an ActiveX component coming from the browser, I believe, maybe there is a fidderence ?
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by:antrat
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So is mine.
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by:calacuccia
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Do you have the 'Web Page Authoring' installed for Excel ?

Excel 97 SR1 or 2 ?
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by:sconnell
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Hang in there people!

I've had other projects which took precedence over this problem.  I'll evaluate your responses in the last week of April.

Thank you,
Shawn
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by:calacuccia
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Glad to hear from you Shawn. We'll wait a little longer :-)
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by:calacuccia
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Still evaluating ? :-)
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Grading to an answer...

This worked for me.

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Go for it Calacuccia, somebody should should get the points.


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Thanks, Antrat..
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