Zap hyperlinks in Excel 2000

You may have discovered that Excel 2000 supports automatic cell hyperlinks. Whenever you type something that resembles a URL or an e-mail address into a cell, this feature automatically converts the text into a clickable hyperlink. But what if you don't want to create a hyperlink?

I have not yet unearthed a way to turn off Excel's automatic hyperlink feature, but you can override it. If Excel creates a hyperlink from your cell entry, click the Undo button (or press -Z) to restore the cell's contents to normal text.

Surprisingly, Excel doesn't provide a direct way to remove all hyperlinks on a worksheet. In fact, the only way to accomplish this is one cell at a time: activate the cell that contains the hyperlink, right-click and then select Hyperlink-Remove Hyperlink. Unfortunately, this command is available only when you have selected a single cell.

To quickly deactivate all hyperlinks, you need to use a macro: press - to activate the Visual Basic Editor, select Insert-Module to insert a new VBA module into your project and then enter the following code:

Sub ZapHyperlinks()

Cells.Hyperlinks.Delete

End Sub

When you execute the ZapHyperlinks macro, all hyperlinks on the active sheet are deleted and replaced with normal text.

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