How Can I Globally Change Hyperlink Addresses?



Excel 2003, XP Pro

I have a single-sheet workbook with 600 and climbing entries in col A,
each with a hyperlink. The files in each link are now located on an
external drive so that I can work on building the sheet from different
computers. Eventually, all the files will be moved to a more permanent
location on a different computer, exact address unknown.

My question is: how does one change the addresses of each hyperlink in
a global fashion? I really don't want to stroke in new addreses!

Present Address: file:///E:\FOLDER E1\TEMP QSL DATA\Data Filename

Tentative Final Address: file:\\\C:\FINAL QSL DATA\Data Filename

I am not fluent in VBA, and I know just enough about Excel to be
dangerous! I would truly appreciate any solutions, especially in the
hand-holding department!


Edenton, NC



Dave Peterson

I like to use the =hyperlink() worksheet function for this.

I'll put the path in a hidden cell (A1 in my example). (Include the trailing
backslash, too!)

Then put the filenames in A2:Axxx
Then use the =hyperlink() formula in B2:Bxx.

=hyperlink("File:////"&$a$1&a2,"Click me")
and drag down

Then when I need to change the folder, I can change it one location (A1).

I could embed the path directly in the formula:
=hyperlink("File:////c:\my documents\excel\"& a2,"Click me")
and use Edit|Replace, but that seems like more work to me.

If you used Insert|Hyperlink, then you've noticed that edit|replace won't touch
those hyperlink addresses.

Saved from a previous post:

If you used Insert|hyperlink (xl2003 menus), you'll have more work to do. But
the good news is David McRitchie has done most of it for you:
look for:
Fix Hyperlinks (#FixHyperlinks)

If you're new to macros:

Debra Dalgleish has some notes how to implement macros here:

David McRitchie has an intro to macros:

Ron de Bruin's intro to macros:

(General, Regular and Standard modules all describe the same thing.)

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