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How to Insert a Hyperlink in Excel (3 Easy Methods)

Adding hyperlinks in Excel can be a handy tool, allowing you to quickly navigate to web pages, files, or other locations within the same workbook with just a click.

Whether you need to link to an online resource, a local file, or another worksheet, instead of manually typing out long URLs or file paths, you can create a descriptive, clickable hyperlink that takes you directly to your desired destination.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of inserting a hyperlink in Excel. 

We’ll cover different methods, including using the insert hyperlink feature in the ribbon. 

Let’s get started, shall we?

How to Insert a Hyperlink in Excel Using Right Click

Inserting a hyperlink in Excel is an incredibly straightforward process, and even those with minimal experience can accomplish this task with ease. 

Rather than merely taking our word for it, allow us to demonstrate one of the simplest methods to insert a hyperlink in Excel using the right-click option.

To illustrate the entire process, we’ll be using the sample data below. Our goal here is to add the various URLs for different social media platforms as hyperlinks.

Let’s show you the steps to accomplish this: 

Step 1: Select the Cell

To begin, identify the cell where you wish to insert the hyperlink. In our example, we have the text “Facebook” already present in cell A2. So let’s select this cell, as it will serve as the location for our hyperlink.

Step 2: Right-click on the Target Cell

After identifying the cell where you want to insert the hyperlink in Excel, right-click on that cell. This action will display a context menu with various options. From the list, locate and select the “Hyperlink…” option.

After choosing the option for Hyperlink, Excel will instantly launch a small window where you’ll need to input the hyperlink details. 

Here is what it should look like.

Step 3: Enter the URL or File Path

Once the “Hyperlink” dialog box appears, your focus should shift to the “Address” field. This is where you’ll need to input the URL or file path for the hyperlink you wish to insert in Excel.

In our example, the goal is to add the Facebook URL as a hyperlink in cell A2. To accomplish this, carefully type or paste the following URL into the “Address” field:

Step 4: Apply the Hyperlink

Once you’ve entered the desired URL, click the blue “OK” button to insert the hyperlink into the selected cell.

If you followed the steps precisely as outlined, you should now observe that the text within the selected cell where you’ve added the hyperlink has transformed into a clickable, blue-colored link. 

This visual cue is a clear indication that the hyperlink has been successfully inserted into your spreadsheet.

Here is what ours looks like: 

How to Add a Hyperlink in Excel Using the Hyperlink Function

While the previous example demonstrated how to insert a hyperlink in Excel using the Right Click option, it’s important to note that this is not the only method available. 

In this section, we will introduce an alternative approach that allows you to add hyperlinks to your spreadsheets using the hyperlink function.

To ensure consistency and clarity, we will utilize the same sample data as the first example.

Let’s go over the step-by-step process together:

Step 1: Navigate to the Hyperlink Command

Excel provides a dedicated command in the Ribbon to streamline the process of inserting hyperlinks. To access this command, follow these steps.

First, locate and click on the “Formula” tab in the Ribbon at the top of the Excel window. This tab contains various formula-related tools and features.

Within the “Formula” tab, you’ll find a group labeled “Lookup & Reference.” This group houses commands related to lookup functions, referencing cells, and, most importantly, inserting hyperlinks.

Inside the “Lookup & Reference” group, locate and click on the “Hyperlink” command.

After executing step 1 precisely as we showed you, Google Sheets will launch the formula builder to the extreme right of your spreadsheet. Here is what it looks like:

Step 2: Configure the Hyperlink Details

With the “Formula builder” dialog box open, it’s time to provide the necessary details to create your desired hyperlink. In our example, we’ll be inserting a hyperlink that navigates to the Instagram website.

In the link location, carefully enter the URL or file path you want your hyperlink to point to. For our Instagram example, type the following URL:

Next, move your focus to the “Friendly name” field.” This field allows you to specify the text that will be visible in the cell and clickable as the hyperlink. For our purposes, enter the following text: Instagram

Step 3: Finalize the Hyperlink

After configuring the necessary details, such as the link location (URL or file path) and the friendly name (text to display), it’s time to finalize the hyperlink insertion process.

What you want to do is review the information you’ve entered in the “Link location” and “Friendly_name dialog boxes to ensure it’s accurate and meets your requirements.

Once you’re satisfied with the hyperlink details, simply click on the “Done” button within the dialog box.

Upon clicking “Done,” the specified cell in your Excel spreadsheet will instantly transform into a clickable hyperlink. 

Typically, the hyperlink text will appear in a distinct color and underlined, making it visually recognizable as a link.

Here is what ours looks like:

How to Insert Hyperlinks in Excel Using the Insert Menu

While the previous methods demonstrated straightforward approaches to inserting a hyperlink in Excel, there’s an additional technique that offers even greater flexibility and control over the process. 

In this section, we’ll explore how to leverage the Insert Menu to create hyperlinks within your spreadsheets seamlessly.

To illustrate the process, we’ll use the same sample data as the previous examples, ensuring consistency and making it easier to follow along:

Step 1: Select the Target Cell

The first thing you need to do is select the cell where you want to create the hyperlink. For our example, we will use cell A4, which currently houses the text Twitter. 

Step 2: Select Insert > Links

Having chosen the cell where you want to create your hyperlink, navigate to the Insert menu and select the option for Link. 

This action will instantly launch the hyperlink windows. Here is what it looks like: 

Step 3: Enter the URL or File Path

With the hyperlink window launched, head over to the Address field and type in the following URL:

Step 4: Click OK

With the URL nicely inputted in the Address field, wrap things up by clicking on the OK button. If you did everything right, you should see that the text in the selected cell has been converted into a clickable link. 

Here is what ours looks like:

From the screenshot above, you can see that we have been able to insert a hyperlink into the selected cell using just the Insert Menu. 

That wasn’t too challenging, was it?

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Types of Links Can I Use in Excel? 

The HYPERLINK function in Excel supports several link protocols, including https://, http://, mailto:, ftp://, file://, and more. However, if you use an unsupported protocol, the cell will display the label text but won’t be clickable.

Can I Hyperlink to Another Worksheet in the Same Workbook? 

Yes, you can create a hyperlink that navigates to a different worksheet within the same Excel workbook. Simply use the worksheet name followed by an exclamation mark and the cell reference as the link parameter (e.g., =HYPERLINK(“#’Sheet2′!A1”, “Go to Sheet2”)).

How Do I Remove or Edit an Existing Hyperlink? 

To remove a hyperlink in Excel, simply right-click on the cell containing the link and select “Remove Hyperlink” from the context menu. 

To edit the link, you can either double-click the cell and modify the formula directly or right-click and select “Edit Hyperlink” to access the “Edit Hyperlink” dialog box.

Final Thoughts

Throughout this guide, we’ve explored multiple methods for inserting hyperlinks in Excel, each with its own set of advantages and use cases. 

Whether you prefer the simplicity of right-clicking and using the context menu, the convenience of the Ribbon interface, or the flexibility of the Insert Menu approach, Excel provides you with a variety of tools to streamline the process of inserting hyperlinks.

Mastering the art of inserting hyperlinks in Excel can significantly enhance the usability and functionality of your spreadsheets. 

By transforming lengthy URLs or file paths into easily clickable links, you can create a more organized and user-friendly environment for yourself and others working with your data.

When deciding which method to use for inserting a hyperlink in Excel, consider factors such as your personal preferences, the number of hyperlinks you need to create, and any specific customization requirements you may have.