Onedrive corrupts excel hyperlinks

This started as multiple crashes with excel and word and then noticed this issue........I have embedded a number of hyperlinks within an excel workbook. The links actually point to places within the workbook - say another worksheet. What I have noticed is all my hyperlinks now have Onedrive addresses i.e. https://boltonuni..... instead of pointing to C drive. This is no good obviously. Trawling the web it seems it is a major issue. I have done the following:-

  • On the blue cloud icon, right-click then within settings, office tab, I have unticked use office 2016 to syn.
  • Within Excel - File, options, advanced, web options button(near bottom), files tab and then untick 'Update links on save'

The above seems to have settled my crash issues but all my links are wrong. I have redone one link following the 'unticking' to no avail.

The only solution on the web seems to be to Saveas instead of Save.
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Randy DownsOWNERCommented:
Excel should be using relative links.

That means that the links would look like OneDrive links within OneDrive but local links if you download the spreadsheet to your computer.

Relative vs. absolute links

Links to external workbooks are created in a relative manner whenever possible. This means that the full path to the source data file is not recorded, but rather the portion of the path as it relates to the linked workbook. With this method, you can move the workbooks without breaking the links between them. The links remain intact, however, only if the workbooks remain in the same location relative to each other. For example, if the linked file is C:\Mydir\Linked.xls and the source data file is C:\Mydir\Files\Source.xls, you can move the files to the D drive as long as the source file is still located in a subfolder called "files".

Relative links may cause problems if you move the linked file to different computers and the source is in a central location.

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vipamanAuthor Commented:
Useful explanation Randy.
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