Watch Video – Remove Hyperlinks in Google Sheets
Hyperlinks are quite useful in Google Sheets when you’re working with web page data.
Or when you have links to files and folders where you can simply click on the link and go to that location.
But sometimes, it may also become an irritant.
Mostly in my work, I have to copy and paste data from the web into a Google spreadsheet, and then work with this data.
If the original data has hyperlinks, these hyperlinks would also come as a part of the formatting in Google Sheets.
And since I do not want these hyperlinks, the first thing I have to do is remove these hyperlinks from the cells in Google Sheets.
In this tutorial, I will show you a couple of methods to quickly remove hyperlinks in Google sheets.
Removing Hyperlinks From Cells
Below I have a data set of the top 10 movies (so far) according to IMDb.
Since I copy-pasted this data from this page, you can see that there are hyperlinks on each of the movie names.
Below are the steps to remove the hyperlinks from these cells:
- Select all the cells from which you want to remove the hyperlink
- Right-click anywhere on the selection
- Click the ‘Remove link’ option
The above steps would remove the hyperlinks from all the selected cells.
Note that this is only going to remove the hyperlinks, while all the other formatting in the cells that you may have got because of copying it from a web page would still remain.
Note: In case you want to remove the link from a single cell, hover the cursor over the cell and you’ll see some options show up. Click on the ‘Remove link’ icon to delete the hyperlink
Removing Hyperlinks Using Paste Special
In most cases, when you’re copying the data from a web page, you just need the text and not the formatting and the links that come with it.
While the above method works well, it does not get rid of the cell formatting (such as font size, cell colors, etc.).
The fastest way to do this would be to simply copy the content of the cell and paste it as a value somewhere else in the worksheet.
Suppose you have a dataset as shown below and you want the text without the hyperlinks:
Below are the steps to quickly copy the text and paste it as values:
- Select the cells that have the hyperlinks
- Copy these cells (you can use the keyboard shortcut Control + C in Windows and Command + C in Mac), or right-click on the selection and then click on copy
- Right-click on the cell where you want to copy this data (in this example, I am going to use cell B2)
- Hover the cursor over the ‘Paste special’ option
- Click on ‘Paste values only’
The above steps would copy the data and paste only the values while getting rid of all the formatting and the hyperlinks.
Now you can copy this data and paste it over the hyperlink data, or delete the original data and use this data going forward.
Removing Hyperlinks Using a Formula
Another quick way to remove hyperlinks from a range of cells is to use a simple formula that would give you the same text in those cells (in separate columns) but remove all the formatting and the hyperlinks.
The benefit of this method is that your resulting data would automatically update in case you make any changes to the original data
Suppose you have a data set as shown below and you want to get the text from the hyperlinks in column A.
To do this, use the below formula in column B
Copy this formula for the entire column to get the text from all the hyperlinks in the adjacent cell.
This formula works as we are concatenating the text in cells in column A, with a blank character. doing this automatically converts the text in the referred cell (which is cell A2 in this case) to regular text.
If you don’t add the blank character and simply use =A2, it would bring over the hyperlink as well.
So these are some of the methods that you can use to quickly remove hyperlinks from cells in Google Sheets.
I hope you found this tutorial useful.
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