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How to lookup to return an active hyperlink in Excel?

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?

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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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    Abdul gofat · 5 months ago
    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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    Anthony Cunningham · 7 months ago
    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?