Excel Hyperlink 2007

Posted on 2014-11-14
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Last Modified: 2014-11-16
Hi experts,

I am trying to maintain documents/artifacts inventory in excel 2007 and have source and destination columns for information source and then where I am uploading in SharePoint. Instead of long links displayed I want to give some proper name ABC for example and when clicked on it should take to the website. I was able to do for some and not for many links . I think excel does not support links length more then 250 characters. I tried using tinyurl.com to shorten the link , but my co doesn't allow using it. So without diving into VBA , is there a simple solution to giving meaningful names to hyperlinks that are longer 250+ in characters in excel 2007?

Thanks in advance
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Expert Comment

ID: 40443168
Use concatenate function for longer strings
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ID: 40443282
well. this is the longest url  i know.

i am interested to see how this could be done


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ID: 40443455
Please solve the above link as an example. I am a visual person and like to see  if the above link can be given a name for example "ABC" and when ABC is clicked the above link should open.  In the meantime, I will research using concatenate. Thanks again
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by:Paul Sauvé
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Like this???

Author Comment

ID: 40443974
Paul ,

yes like the example you just showed above but that needs to happen in excel and not like the link above.I need a solution in excel where a long hyperlink can be given a descriptive short name and when clicked on it , the link should open.
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by:Paul Sauvé
ID: 40444052
I tried and tried - but for the really long links, it can't be done!

When I copy the above link using the above example and get only the first part of the link,
But you CAN copy the entire link directly to a cell and to hide it by writing something in the cell immediately to the right of the link!
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byundt earned 2000 total points
ID: 40444100
The limit you face is a maximum of 255 characters in your hyperlinks. You will need to talk to your IT department and get permission to use link shorteners to get around this limit--or upgrade your users to Excel 2013.

The following is working in Excel 2013, but not 2010 or 2007!

Though somewhat laborious, you can use a Custom number format to hide the text of the really long hyperlinks. In so doing, you can display the desired short text instead of the really long hyperlink.

1. Paste the URL directly in a cell (i.e. not in the formula bar). It should display as a hyperlink when done correctly.
2. Format the cell using a Custom Number Format like:

The three semicolons are placeholders for the formats (none specified) for positive numbers, negative numbers and 0. The text (inside doublequotes) after the third semicolon is the number format used for text. It will be displayed as the "friendly URL" for the hyperlink.

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ID: 40446208
Thanks, this helped solve the issue.

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