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How to remove hyperlinks without removing formatting?

In Excel, when we delete the hyperlinks which have some formatting, such as background color, font, size and so on, the formatting will be removed as well as following screenshot shown. But, sometimes, we need to keep the cell formatting when removing the hyperlinks. Are there any ways to help us to solve this annoyed problem?

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Remove hyperlinks without removing formatting with VBA code

arrow blue right bubble Remove hyperlinks without removing formatting with VBA code

In Excel, there is no direct way to deal with this task, but you can apply the following VBA code to preserve the cell formatting when removing hyperlinks.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

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

VBA code: Remove hyperlinks without removing formatting

Sub RemoveHlinks()
'Update 20141024
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim TempRng As Range
Dim UsedRng As Range
Dim xLink As Hyperlink
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
Set UsedRng = Application.ActiveSheet.UsedRange
For Each xLink In WorkRng.Hyperlinks
    Set TempRng = Cells(1, UsedRng.Column + UsedRng.Columns.Count)
    Set Rng = xLink.Range
    Rng.Copy TempRng
    Set TempRng = TempRng.Resize(Rng.Rows.Count, Rng.Columns.Count)
    Rng.PasteSpecial xlPasteFormats
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you selecting the cells which contains the hyperlinks, see screenshot:


4. And then click OK to close the dialog, the hyperlinks are removed, but the formatting of the hyperlinks (including the underlines) is remained.

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    Murray Neish · 1 years ago
    thanks for the code. I have a couple of suggested enhancements:

    declare xTitleId as String for those that use Option Explicit (otherwise throws an error)

    Between Rng.PasteSpecial xlPasteFormats and TempRng.Clear, I inserted the following:

    With Rng.Font
    .Underline = xlUnderlineStyleNone
    .ColorIndex = xlAutomatic
    End With

    This removes the underline and changes the font color back to black, so the text does not look like a hyperlink anymore.
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    Dan · 2 years ago

    does ClearHyperlinks work with merged cells? thank you
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    Dave · 3 years ago
    Thanks, this worked perfectly. Saved me tons of time!