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Microsoft KB Archive/172503

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XL97: How to Link to a Particular Worksheet from a Web Page

Article ID: 172503

Article Last Modified on 10/22/2000


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172503


This article explains how to create a link from a Web page to a particular worksheet, range, or defined name in a Microsoft Excel workbook.


Typically, when you create a link from a Web page to a Microsoft Excel workbook, the path used in the link refers only to the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for the workbook. For example, if a workbook named Test.xls is stored on a Web server named "," use the following syntax to create the link:

<a href="">Text for the link.</a>

When you click such a link, your Web browser opens the Test.xls workbook, and the worksheet that was active when the workbook was last saved becomes the active worksheet. Because of this design, there is no guarantee that a particular worksheet will be displayed when you open the workbook in your Web browser.

However, it is possible to control the worksheet that is displayed when your Web browser opens a particular workbook. To do this, add the following text to the anchor tag in the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) code


where <sheetname> is the name of the worksheet you want to display (for example, Sheet1) and <rangeordefinedname> is the name of the range (for example, A1 or B5:D10) or defined name (for examplel, MyRange) that you want to select.

For example, if you want to create a link that opens Test.xls when you click it, switches to Sheet3, and selects the range B5:D10, use the following syntax:

<a href="!B5:D10">Link

If you want to link to the MyRange defined name on Sheet2, use the following syntax:

   <a href="!MyRange">Third

If you are using a list or some other method of linking to workbooks, the syntax used to create the link may vary, but the syntax used to link to the worksheet, range, or defined name remains the same, for example:

   <option value="!B5:D10">

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