Excel 2010 Tutorial - Link to Another Sheet

In this video from the Excel 2010 Tutorial series, School of Technology Program Coordinator, Justin Denton, teaches us about linking to another sheet in Microsoft Excel 2010. This tutorial video is a great beginning step to your courses in technology at Rasmussen College.


So the next one, if I open up a new blank worksheet, is I want to be able to make a link between worksheet one and worksheet two. So if I'm in here, I've got a lot of data. I've got a blank workbook, here. I want to be able to link my information from Excel formulas over into my new [INAUDIBLE] workbook. It's honestly really simple.

All you really do is right click on the cell, Copy, just like we're normally used to, go in a new one, right click, do Paste Special, and go all the way down to Paste Special. And you'll have this button that says Paste Link. Once you click Paste Link, you're done. And that's pretty much it.

And now you'll know it's linked because here's my Excel file name, it's pulling from this other file. It tells you what sheet references it, as well as the actual fixed cell value. So if I want to test it out, I'll go back over here, I'll change his name to Wilson. Cool, his name is now Harry Wilson. Back on my other spreadsheet, because it's a unique reference back to your original spreadsheet, it'll go ahead and update, change that value over to Wilson, as well.

So it's really, really quick and easy to keep track of--

These are two separate worksheets then?

Yeah, two separate worksheets.

Not the sheet at the bottom, these are just two separate ones?

Yeah. Two separate workbooks.


Same work, same process, kind of works between. But when you're working in the same workbook, if I just want to right click and copy, I can go back in here and do the same process. Paste Special. Paste Link. It'll reference it back, as well.

So that if I go in here, call it-- I don't know-- Wilson number two. You'll see in the same worksheet-- or in the same workbook between worksheets that process works, but also if I actually go into another file where I've updated it, it'll go ahead and reference back and forth as well in this file, too.

So it's not horribly bad to do that. You just have to go one step further when paste, do Paste Special, hit Paste Link, it'll go ahead and link everything back together.

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