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Any idea how to edit an hyperlink on Excel to open up in a new window?

morya asked
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
Any body have an idea how to edit an hyperlink on Excel to open up in a new window?
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Top Expert 2004

not sure if this would help

If you are using IE , open IE
go to tools --> internet options --> advanced
and uncheck "reuse windows when launching shortcuts"
press OK

now check in excel


Thank you, but I'm looking for how
it is done within Excel, so that whoever
gets the spreadsheet and clicks on the
link the page will open up in another
Top Expert 2004


why do u want to do in excel when the output is going to be in a browser and once you setup the browser in the way I have told you , it should work for all excel files ..


I have the excel document that is sent out to people or posted on an
Intranet site.  The owner of the excel document wants the link to
open up in a new window so that you can see the spreadsheet
in one window and then toggle to the new window easily.

What you have suggested will work only if every user that
accesses the spreadsheet configures their browser options.

Thank you, for your responses.
Top Expert 2004

Surprisingly for me in my excel 2002 , when I type in www.google.com and press on it , it opens in an IE window
If I got press again, it opens in another window. I donot have to change anything in IE options as given in my first comment

Is the link pointing to another spreadsheet or a URL?


The link is pointing to a pdf file that is located
in another folder of the Intranet site.

I think I understand what you are trying to do and this is what I've found - this is of course assuming that you're opening another spreadsheet:

The initial Excel sheet contains links.  If you click on a link it seems to open in the same window.

Why don't you try clicking the Restore Window button (middle button - top right hand corner) of the Excel sheet.

Now click a link on the Excel sheet.  You should get your new data on another worksheet.

If this is not the case, then I agree with sunray that I do not have to change any settings if I click on a link to a URL or a file created in another application.

I think that you are going to have to run some sort of script (either VB on the client) or something like PHP on the server-side in order to do what you are talking about.

Most people's pdf WOULD open in a new window, but with OFFICE 2003 (sounds like that's what you have), it opens in the Excel windows itself.  Victims of extra functionality.  I'm assuming that people with 2003 would have to stop that function in their settings (probably under Customize).

LOL.  Don't know if that helped at all.

How about creating a button, that way you can put code behind it to open in a new window?
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Thank you for the code.  Will it work to open up a local pdf file on the company's Intranet?

I'm pretty sure that this method will work for most any file types, if not I'll work on finding a way.
Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop Support

There is an easier way, if you make a macro called something like Startup or something, I will find out exactly in a min that runs when excel is opened and in there you can put a shell command to open the specific url you want that way when you open excel it goes to the website you want to go to !

Is that what you wanted ?

Kind regards

Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop Support

Ok here is how you make it start with excel :


Ok here are 2 functions that are called from within the Auto_Open macro that you create in excel :

' Auto_Open Macro for excel

Sub Auto_Open()

    ExecLink "http://google.com", vbMaximizedFocus
    OpenURL ("http://www.yahoo.com")

End Sub

' The first function

Private Sub ExecLink(Url As String, style As VbAppWinStyle)
    Shell "explorer.exe " & Url & "", style
End Sub

'The 2nd function

Public Sub OpenURL(iURL As String)
'On Error Resume Next

    Dim Temp As Object
    'Create instance
    Set Temp = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
    'Open URL
    Temp.Navigate2 iURL
    Temp.Visible = True
End Sub
Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop Support

If you wanted something manual so you dont get prompted with macros and stuff like that then you can always use the control box in excel to insert a button and insert the function you prefer to use and the call to it within the button. Obviously you would replace the URL's I have ie google and yahoo with the URL you want to launch !!

If you need help enabling the control tool box and doing anything else, let me know !

kind regards

Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop Support

There is the easy way, at the top there is a button called insert hyper link or you can go to the insert menu and click on insert hyper link and type in the URL you want it to go to.


Thank you to all for some really great ideas and solutions.
Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop Support

yes it should work for any file providing that the file isnt moved and if its location is moved then you will need to tell excel where you moved it to so that it can open it.
Shane Russell2nd Line Desktop Support

Here is a URL that I think shows you what you wanted to know with regards to the pdf or any other file.


I think it is for office 2003 but it should be simmiliar in the other versions of office ;)

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