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    Convert cells to links

    I have a bunch of plain text cells pointing to different spreadsheets i.e. a cell could have 'D:\Me\Jan-11\[myfile1.xlsx]Sheet1'!$G$64. I actually created this string through the concatenate function, but then got stuck. I can copy and paste the value of cell (concatenate(a1,a2,a3)) into a new cell. But is there a way that I can actually after the paste add = to it and hit enter so that it retrieves the value?

    So for example, I can take cell with this 'D:\Me\Jan-11\[myfile1.xlsx]Sheet1'!$G$64 make this ='D:\Me\Jan-11\[myfile1.xlsx]Sheet1'!$G$64 and click enter for each cell?

    I have a bunch of these cells and the strings are dynamic and subject to change, so I'm looking for a way to automate this.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Convert cells to links

    To best describe or illustrate your problem you would be better off attaching a dummy workbook, the workbook should contain the same structure and some dummy data of the same type as the type you have in your real workbook - so, if a cell contains numbers & letters in this format abc-123 then that should be reflected in the dummy workbook.

    If needed supply a before and after sheet in the workbook so the person helping you can see what you are trying to achieve.

    Doing this will ensure you get the result you need!
    I assume a Hyperlink formula can be used

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    Re: Convert cells to links

    Thanks Dave I can see that my explanation was confusing. As you can see in the uploaded spreadsheet, I just would like Cell D5 to pull the value that it the path name is pointing too. I couldn't think of a way to do it either in Excel or VBA. Any help is appreciated.
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    Re: Convert cells to links

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    Re: Convert cells to links

    Fantastic, thanks taking the time to help! Really appreciated

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    Re: Convert cells to links

    If that takes care of your need, please click EDIT in your original post, click GO ADVANCED and set the PREFIX box to SOLVED.

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    Re: Convert cells to links

    Thanks so much, I was going to mark this but then tried to put this in a function

    For example I used:

    Function MakeFormulas(RNG As Range) as Range
    MakeFormulas.Formula = "=" & RNG.Text
    End Function

    And I keep getting #Values, apologies as I know this is probably a basic question as I haven't written functions before and am a complete beginner to VBA syntax. Is it that I can't use the .formula here in the function?

    Thanks again

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    Re: Convert cells to links

    This won't work as a function.

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