XL98: Unable to Use File URL in Linking Formulas

ID: q189155

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If you try to enter a linking formula in a cell using a File URL format, the formula will return the #REF! error.


Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition only supports Internet links using either the HTTP URL or the FTP URL formats.


If you know the path to the file and have connected to the server using Chooser, you can create a formula link. The following is an example of a formula link:



The following linking formulas are examples of how you can manually create Internet links in Microsoft Excel to HTTP or FTP servers:


When you enter this formula, it may initially resolve to the #REF! error value, but after a few seconds, the source cell value will display in the linked cell.




For more information about creating links to external files, click Contents And Index on the Help menu (or on the Balloon Help menu if you are using a version of the Macintosh operating system earlier than 8.0), click the Index button in Microsoft Excel Help, type the following text

linking data, ways to
and then click Show Topics. Select the "Create links to connect to data and files" topic, and click Go To. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the Office Assistant.

Additional query words: XL98 hypertext html

Keywords          : kberrmsg kbtool kbdta kbweb xlformula 
Version           : MACINTOSH:98
Platform          : MACINTOSH 
Issue type        : kbprb 

Last Reviewed: July 22, 1999