Locating Multiple Links on Spreadsheets

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. I work with very large Excel workbooks that contain many different external links, and let me tell you, finding them when I need to break the links is quite a chore. Do you have any ideas?

A. This is a common problem and there are several solutions. The conventional approach is to use the Find command (Ctrl+F) to search for characters common to your links. Then, once directed to the link, you can delete it. Of course, if you have many worksheets, the find-and-delete steps can be quite tedious.

You also can write a macro to find the links. But again, with many workbooks that, too, is a big job.

Probably the best way to locate all the links quickly is with a free program that you can download called FindLink. It was written by Bill Manville and it’s at www.bmsltd.co.uk/MVP .

One more thing worth knowing about links: If you’re not sure what a link is connected to, click on Edit, Links ; that brings up the Edit Links dialog box, which shows all the linked objects.

From the dialog box you can update the values, change the linked source and, of course, break the link.

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