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mbartolucci
Occasional Contributor

So I have an index that links to other sheets. But it will name the link '1'. I am not sure what i need to do, so that the hyperlink simply copies the text in a specific cell, which in this case will always be in cell A1, which would say something like "dining room" or "Bedroom" (or something along those lines). Any help with a lot of explanation would be helpful.. Also, if it is possible, can the link change if the referenced text changs?

Thanks!

23 Replies

@mbartolucci 

Hi,

It would be good if you share the excel file.

 

Secondly, using If() function a link can be changed if the referenced text changes.

Thanks,

Tauqeer

 

@tauqeeracma I cant share the file itself, but I made a simplified version (that doesnt have any real info) of what I am essentially trying to do... 

Youll see on the index page, that I have a room number in the first column, and a hyperlink in the second. I am trying to get the hyperlink text to be the same as the text on the linked cell (and should it change, auto update), without having to manually write each one. 

Do you think that is possible? Thanks for the help!

Yes, it is possible to auto update the name of hyper link. Please attach your simplified version , I will explain. Thanks, Tauqeer

@tauqeeracma woops, forgot to attach last time... 

Hi, Please see the attached file, now all your hyperlinks are linked to the names and will automatically update in case these names are changed. Thanks Tauqeer

@tauqeeracma This is great! Exactly what I am looking for. Could you please explain how to do this?

Thanks for the help

@mbartolucci 

Hi 

You can create a DYNAMIC Hyperlink that changes based on cell contents.

To do this,

You need to create a "Hyperlink Function"

The first argument of the Hyperlink Function is a cell reference to a destination.

The second argument of the "Hyperlink Function" is a User Friendly Name

I am attaching here with a link to one of my tutorials in which I explain this function in details (you can jump to minute 9:00 of the Tutorial)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeKgWSD8IWc

 

hope that helps

Nabil Mourad

 

In this tutorial I show you how to create a list of All sheet names in any workbook by using a Macro language function (=Get.Workbook) inside a Defined name. I will then combine the Defined name with an INDEX function, a ROW function, a REPLACE function and an IFERROR function. Then we create a ...

@mbartolucci  Its quite simple, just follow the steps in the attached PDF. Thanks

@tauqeeracma Im sorry, I know i am being dense, but I dont understand that last step. After I have entered the '=' sign, I must go to the other sheet (0001 in this case), but once I am there, how do I link it? Ive been trying for a while now, and I cant get it to work...

@nabilmourad Thanks for the help! Unfortunately I am still having trouble figuring this out... I dont understand what each component of that structure does... Could you please break down each part for me? As I am sure you have noticed, I am not very knowledgeable in Excel.... So from my understanding, my hyperlink should look something like this: '=HYPERLINK("#"'&A2&"'!A1",A2) 

what is the # sign for?

Thanks!

@mbartolucci 

No issues

 

Before entering '=' sign, please select the text in formula bar and then press = and simply make a link to other sheet.

 

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@mbartolucci 

 

Hi

It's obvious you have a problem with the position of the Single quotation and the double quotations.

Also tell me what do you have in Cell A1, Cell A2 and in which cell you write the formula?

 

You need to follow this pattern.

If I had a file I would do it for you (or look at my tutorial for this part)

Nabil Mourad

 

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@tauqeeracma ok, so once I have the =, do I hit ctrl+k to make the link? that doesnt seem to work for me... 

@nabilmourad I posted a basic excel file of what I am essentially trying to do. So on my index page Column B is where I want to attach the link (with friendly name) to cell A1 from every page except the index (which contains a room name in that cell).

@mbartolucci 

Hi

I understand your confusion because you have 2 contributors replying to you using two completely different concepts:

The CTRL + K for inserting a hyperlink is a STATIC technique used when you need just one or 2 links >> I am not using this technique.

However

The technique I am showing you is a DYNAMIC technique that enables you to create a "HYPERLINK" formula that can be copied to thousands of cells

 

Please do not mix the instructions from different contributors when they discuss different options.

Nabil Mourad

 

 

@mbartolucci 

Hi

I just looked at your sample and here is the function

Copy and Paste in Cell B1

assuming that you have in Column A starting from A2:

0001,0002,0003...

=HYPERLINK("#'"&A2&"'!A1",A2)

Hope that helps

Nabil Mourad

@mbartolucci 

Here is a screenshot with the functions created

The Link.png

Hope that helps

Let me know

Nabil Mourad

@nabilmourad Oh I think I understand the problem. It is linking to the cell beside it correct?

So in the file, under 'index', i have a room number which corresponds with a tab. so for example, in the index, I want to have the cell beside room number 0004 (under Room Name column, B) to link to tab 0004, and to name itself with whatever is written in cell A1 of sheet 0004. Perhaps thats what you are already saying and I simply dont understand..

@mbartolucci 

Correct

Let me know if it works

Good Luck

@nabilmourad No it doesnt work... i am sure I am doing something wrong. It will not show the cell name, nor actually link to it.  I am trying to attach a different version but thats having trouble too. I guess its not my day with computer stuff

@nabilmourad Since I cant seem to attach the file, here is a one drive link to the file instead

https://1drv.ms/x/s!Ap5GfAPWJw6r2V5WgF57CH34LU1z?e=jflxpd

@mbartolucci 

Hi

It looks there is a problem today attaching files...

I could only see your file but not modify it. So, I took the time to recreate it for you  and it's working fine.

You can download it from my amazon drive

https://www.amazon.ca/clouddrive/share/UrvmzxCLzIOWwUvodpuBsOuCmEY8tjSsjGgnZCLRIn2

Hope that Helps

Nabil Mourad

@mbartolucci 

Hi

If your are satisfied with my solution please mark it as an accepted response

Thanks

Nabil Mourad

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