A Fast Way To Evoke Web Sites Inside Excel, Word, Or PowerPoint


Q. Clients often send documents, and even spreadsheets, that contain hyperlinks for me to examine. It’s really handy: When I click on one, a Web page opens up. How can I do that, too?

A. Welcome to the world of high technology. You’ll be happy to discover that this feature is very easy to use. Open either a document, spreadsheet or PowerPoint file you want to add a Web site link to. Click on Insert and Hyperlink (shortcut: Ctrl+K), evoking the Insert Hyperlink screen. Either type in the URL of the site, or better yet, open your browser and go to the target site and then return to the Insert Hyperlink screen and you’ll find the address automatically inserted. Click on OK and your link gets added to what you’re working on.

It’s that simple.

   
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On occasion you may find that you cannot implement a function I describe in this column. More often than not it’s because not all functions work in every operating system or application. I try to test everything in the 2000 and XP editions of Windows and Office. It’s virtually impossible to test them in all editions and it’s equally difficult to find out which editions are incompatible with a function. I apologize for the inconvenience.

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