• Making Pivot Table Hyperlinks Clickable

    If you’ve ever built a PivotTable that contains hyperlinks, you’ll notice that clicking the hyperlinks doesn’t do anything. This can be a bit frustrating as the reason you put that field on the Pivot in the first place is that it’s valuable information you want to use. When you click the hyperlink, you kind of expect it to open!
    Fortunately, even though hyperlinks don’t work in PivotTables by default, we can make it work with just a tiny bit of VBA code.


    Let’s assume that you have a PivotTable set up like the following:

    Adding the code

    To add the required code, you’re going to need to know two things:

    1. The name of the file you’re working in. This example is based on a file called “Reconciliation.xlsm”
    2. The worksheet that your PivotTable lives in. In this case, it’s “Summary”

    Now, knowing that, let’s make this work:

    • Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor
    • If the Project Explorer (window 1 in the image below) isn’t showing, press CTRL+R to show it
    • Drill down into your workbook and expand the “Microsoft Excel Objects”
    • Locate the worksheet that holds your PivotTable and double click it

    At this point, it will activate the correct code pane for you to past your code into (marked as 2, above). Simply copy the following code and paste it in there after the last line that start with “Option” (if any exist):

    Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
        If Target.Cells.Count = 1 Then
            On Error Resume Next
            ActiveWorkbook.FollowHyperlink _
                Address:=CStr(Target.Value), _
            On Error GoTo 0
        End If
    End Sub

    • Close this window to return to Excel
    • Save the file

    Now you can click on any cell in the worksheet. If it has a valid hyperlink, it will open it for you!


    Using macros blows Excel’s Undo stack. Clicking any cell on this worksheet will cause the Undo actions to clear. It’s nothing serious, just something to be aware of.

    Also, keep in mind that this will only work on this specific worksheet. If you’d like to modify the routine to work on any worksheet, our forums are a good place to ask for help.


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    Comments 2 Comments
    1. jsk685's Avatar
      jsk685 -
      Thanks, the code worked perfectly.
      I appreciate your knowledge!
    1. jbenv2's Avatar
      jbenv2 -
      This was EXTREMELY helpful. My issue is though, I have a report filter and when I show report filter pages to create several tabs, I then have to input the code on to each individual sheet. How do I make it automatic??
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