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.

Example

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

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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
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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), _
            NewWindow:=True
        On Error GoTo 0
    End If
End Sub

Finally:

  • 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!

Caveats

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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2 thoughts on “Making Pivot Table Hyperlinks Clickable

  1. Hi Liam,

    The way the macro is written, it is essentially just saying "when you click the url, treat it as a hyperlink and go there". In order to make this work for a friendly URL, you'd have to do a lot more work as you're "Friendly names" would need to be mapped to a table of destination URLs. (The PivotTable only serves flat text, not metadata in its cells today.)

    So ultimately, the answer is yes, but you'd need to set up a mapping table and modify the macro to work as follows: When a URL is clicked, look up the clicked text in the mapping table, get the destination url and launch that as a hyperlink.

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