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1. Reducing Workbook and Worksheet Frust... > 13. Remove Phantom Workbook Links

Remove Phantom Workbook Links

Ah, phantom links. You open your workbook and are prompted to “Update Links,” but there are no links! How can you update links when they don’t exist?

External links are links that reference another workbook. Unexpected external linking can occur for various reasons, many of them stemming from moving or copying charts, chart sheets, or worksheets into another workbook. Knowing why they’re there doesn’t always help you find them, though. Here are a few ways to deal with the spooky phantom link problem.

First, you need to see whether you have any real external links (nonphantom) that you forgot about. If you are not sure whether you have real external links, start looking in the most obvious place: your formulas. You can do this by ensuring no other workbooks are open and then searching for


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