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How to lookup to return an active hyperlink in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-06-03

In Excel, the VLOOKUP function can help us to return the corresponding value based on a specific cell data. But, if the lookup value is in URL hyperlink format, it will be displayed as plain text without the hyperlink as following screenshot shown. How could you keep the hyperlink format when using the VLOOKUP function?

doc lookup with hyperlinks 1

Lookup to return an active hyperlink with formula

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To lookup and return the corresponding value with hyperlink, you can combine the Hyperlink and Vlookup functions to solve it, please do as this:

Enter this formula: =HYPERLINK(VLOOKUP(D2, $A$1:$B$8,2,FALSE)) into a blank cell where you want to output the result, then press Enter key, and the corresponding value with hyperlink has been returned at once, see screenshot:

doc lookup with hyperlinks 2


1. In the above formula, D2 is the cell value which you want to return its corresponding data, A1:B8 is the data range that you want to use, the number 2 indicates the column number that your matched value is returned.

2. This formula is only applied to the hyperlinks which are URL websites or full path.

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I'm looking to use excel for a spec builder, where you can fin information via product codes, I currently have an if command followed by vlookup to drag the information from a hidden sheet into the file by using the product code, I want to drag a hyperlink over too but have been struggling to do so, is this possible? Also, I want the link to shpw custom text.. TIA
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its work, using hyperlink and vlookup they will give the link, but the link is not working when you click it. it show " Cannot open specified file"

anyone can help me. I want to vlookup the link at the same time when i press the link it will give the link value.
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same problem ! how did you solve it
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Same thing for me! itworked for a second, but idk what happened that when I went to do it a second time (on a different cell I needed the link), it all went to shit and I get the same message, "Cannot open the spoecified file". Please help!
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Hello Jeffrey, did you find the solution for your problem ? i am having the same problem
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I am trying to fix this problem right now. It only works if you open up the file that you're pulling the hyperlink from.
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i came up with a very long formula that did the job but it is very complex that if u have to add a raw you must edet everything

=HYPERLINK(GetURL(INDIREKT(ADRESSE(VERGLEICH(links!$K$1,links!E6:E9) + 5, 7, 1, 1, "links"))),INDIREKT(ADRESSE(VERGLEICH(links!$K$1,links!E6:E9) + 5, 7, 1, 1, "links")))

links is the name of a sheet i have and the GetURL function is a fuction I had to add that i got online... you can google that fuction

kindly inform me if you get to an essiere solution
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Bagaimana cara membuat hasil indek match yang ada hyperlink worksheet nya aktif. Atau mungkin ada cara lain untuk menampilkannhasil cari yg mengandung link sheet aktif
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This almost worked for me but I have a long list of hyperlinks to reference to and as the address’s are quite lengthy, I have used the “Text to display” function to shorten the text displayed.

As I have done this, the hyperlink no longer works as it references the text displayed, not the correct address.

Is is there anyway round this as I do not have space in spreadsheet to display the full address?
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