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How to break all external links in Excel?

When we use Excel workbook, sometimes, we may create some external links to other workbooks for the data for some purpose. But how could you break all the links at once without breaking them one by one?

Break all external links with VBA code

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If you want to break all of the external links, both the ok and error links, the following VBA code can help you to break them all.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

Sub BreakLinks()
Dim wb As Workbook
Set wb = Application.ActiveWorkbook
If Not IsEmpty(wb.LinkSources(xlExcelLinks)) Then
    For Each link In wb.LinkSources(xlExcelLinks)
        wb.BreakLink link, xlLinkTypeExcelLinks
    Next link
End If
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run the code, and all of the external links in the whole workbook have been broken.

arrow blue right bubble Break all / broken / specified external links with Kutools for Excel

The above VBA code force you to break all of the links in the whole workbook, but if you just only need to break some specific links, such as broken links, in this case, the VBA code will not work.

With Kutools for Excel’s Find and Break broken Links function, you can break all of the links, the broken links, the ok links, and the specified link source links.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Click Kutools > Link Tools > Find and Break broken Links, see screenshot:


2. In the Find and Break broken Links dialog box, all of the external links in the active worksheet are listed in the list box. You can choose the link type which you want to break from the Filter drop down list. See screenshots:

3. In this case, I choose All broken links, and only the broken links have been listed into the list box, see screenshot:


4. Then click Break link button, all the broken links will be selected and deleted from the active worksheet.

Note: If the View cell option is checked, when you click on the link in the list, it will find and navigate to the specific cell which contains the link in the worksheet.

Click here to know more about Find and Break broken Links feature.

Related article:

How to find and list all links (external references) in Excel?

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Hi there, this fix worked great for some of the files with broken links, but encountered an issue when the reference points to a Hyperlink and not a path, do you have any Ideas,on how to also break those, even when I go to edit links and click break, it does nothing.
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This little piece worked like a charm! Thank you so much!
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error link veriable is not define plz assite
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