The Right Way to Delete Hyperlinks

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. After reading your wonderful technology columns, I took your advice and added some hyperlinks in an Excel file. One hyperlink connected me to a Web site and the other linked a cell to another cell in a different Excel file. They worked fine—except for one small problem: Now I can’t get rid of them. I tried to erase them but got no place. Help.

A. I’m sorry, I should have warned you about what you discovered the hard way: You can’t just erase a hyperlink by pressing the Delete key; that just removes the information in the cell, but not the hyperlink. If you type something in the cell again, it will be underlined, indicating that it’s still a hyperlink.

To erase a link, follow these steps: Put your cursor in the cell that contains the hyperlink and right-click on it. That produces a menu with a Remove Hyperlink option.

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