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    Excel file won't break links

    Hello,

    I copied 2 worksheets from one file to another and went in to "Edit Links" and changed the source to itself rather than the original file which took away those links in the cells that the original file was present in, but it still gives me a dialogue when opening the file that links to the original file. I go back to "Edit Links" and press "Break Link" but it doesn't seem to remove the link to the original file. If I click on "Connections", none are present. I clicked on "Startup Prompt" and set it so that it wouldn't annoy me with the prompt any more, but I'd ideally like to not have any reference to the original file. What can I do to accomplish this?

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    Last edited by benalt; 07-16-2014 at 10:03 AM.

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    Clicking Break Link should break the external references link.

    If possible share a screenshot of breaklink window


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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    I found the solution. I went to File / Check for issues / Check compatibility which gave me 2 results. The second result said "One or more cells in this workbook contain data validation rules which refer to values on other worksheets...". I clicked on the "Find" button which brought me to 2 adjacent cells with pull down menus. Clicking on "Data Validation" / "Circle Invalid Data" from the "Data" tab put circles around those cells. I clicked on each cell individually and then selected "Data Validation" and it showed that the source line was referencing the other file. I manually removed the file reference from the source and then went back in to "Edit Links" and clicked on "Break Link" again and this time it removed the link!

    Lesson: "Break Link" cannot remove links that are in data validation rules.
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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    Glad you fixed it and thanks for sharing the solution with us

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    Quote Originally Posted by benalt View Post
    I found the solution. I went to File / Check for issues / Check compatibility which gave me 2 results. The second result said "One or more cells in this workbook contain data validation rules which refer to values on other worksheets...". I clicked on the "Find" button which brought me to 2 adjacent cells with pull down menus. Clicking on "Data Validation" / "Circle Invalid Data" from the "Data" tab put circles around those cells. I clicked on each cell individually and then selected "Data Validation" and it showed that the source line was referencing the other file. I manually removed the file reference from the source and then went back in to "Edit Links" and clicked on "Break Link" again and this time it removed the link!

    Lesson: "Break Link" cannot remove links that are in data validation rules.
    You just saved my day!!! This is by far the best solution to find broken links.

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    I was dealing with almost the same issue, my links were hidden in some conditional formatting that was copied over from the now-deleted file. Thanks for getting me to the right result!

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    I have excel 2016 and it doesn't have the File\check for issues option (or at least I can't find it). I have a "master" workbook that opens a "slave" workbook (which has some cell validation) from VBA macros. I moved the "slave" workbook to another directory and changed the "Master" VBA code accordingly. Worked fine but every time I opened the "Master" workbook, I got the "has links" message. It just would not go away and was driving me nuts. Finally after reading your post, I opened the slave workbook and removed all the cell validations. This solved the problem. THANKS for your POST!

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    I had a similar problem with an external link burried in a conditional formatting. None of the search methods mentioned helped so I made a copy of the whole spreadsheed then deleted all the conditional formatting on a sheet, saved, closed and re-opened the workbook. Eventually the error disappeared so I knew which sheet to look it and i found it. I must have just skipped passed in the manual search as the conditional formatting rules have become fragmented.

    This was the best thread on the topic I found in a Google search for a solution so thankyou. I was on the verge of just giving up.

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    Thank you! This post solved the problem for me. Much appreciated!

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

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    HELLO , Can anyone tell me if it is possible to link the content of the box with number (10) in the "NEW FORMATING RULE" window at conditional formating >>format only top or bottom ranked values , with an external cell of the sheet ? Thanks ....

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    Just wanted to add to this post for any still having this issue but not finding a fix. I was also not able to break a link, and running the compatibility did not directly point out the problem. I finally found the issue in the Name Manager. There were lists that were from an external file. I deleted the list, and was able to break the link.

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    Quote Originally Posted by benalt View Post
    I found the solution. I went to File / Check for issues / Check compatibility which gave me 2 results. The second result said "One or more cells in this workbook contain data validation rules which refer to values on other worksheets...". I clicked on the "Find" button which brought me to 2 adjacent cells with pull down menus. Clicking on "Data Validation" / "Circle Invalid Data" from the "Data" tab put circles around those cells. I clicked on each cell individually and then selected "Data Validation" and it showed that the source line was referencing the other file. I manually removed the file reference from the source and then went back in to "Edit Links" and clicked on "Break Link" again and this time it removed the link!

    Lesson: "Break Link" cannot remove links that are in data validation rules.
    It works. Awesome

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    It doesn't.

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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    chrismsmith_fw,
    Unfortunately your post does not comply with Rule 2 of our Forum RULES. Do not post a question in the thread of another member -- start your own thread.

    If you feel an existing thread is particularly relevant to your need, provide a link to the other thread in your new thread.

    Old threads are often only monitored by the original participants. New threads not only open you up to all possible participants again, they typically get faster response, too.
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    Re: Excel file won't break links

    What are you talking about? What question? I didn't ask a question. Try again. There's nothing wrong with my post. If anything, posts like the one I responded to from Sixthsense need to be banned for good. He clearly didn't read the initial question, which said clicking "break links" doesn't work. I simply replied that his solution doesn't work. Nothing wrong at all.

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