Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Word Link to Create a New Excel Workbook.

Word Link to Create a New Excel Workbook

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 19, 2016)

Word allows you to create hyperlinks to other documents, to Web pages, and even to other programs, such as Excel. When you click on a correctly created link, the target of the link is opened and you can work with it.

The important thing to remember here is that the target itself is opened, and such action (if you are linking to a file) is not the same as if you double-clicked the file in Windows. For instance, if you have a hyperlink to an Excel template (XLT file), clicking the link opens the template itself, not a new workbook based on the template. (If you double-clicked the XLT file in Windows, then a new workbook is opened, not the template itself.)

There is no way to tell the hyperlink itself that you want to create a file based on the target of the link. Instead, you may need to rethink how you do the linking. Instead of using a hyperlink, you could create a macro that is linked to a Macrobutton field. Click the button, and the macro is executed. The macro can then take care of creating the new workbook, as demonstrated in the following macro:

Sub OpenXLTemplateFromWord()
    Dim xlApp As Excel.Application
    Dim xlWbk As Excel.Workbook
    Dim sTPath As String

    'Specify template's path
    sTPath = "c:\MyPath\MyTemplate.xlt"

    Set xlApp = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
    Set xlWbk = xlApp.workbooks.Add(Template:=sTPath)

    xlWbk.Application.Visible = True

    Set xlApp = Nothing
    Set xlWbk = Nothing
End Sub

In order for this macro to work, you'll need to make sure that you enable the Microsoft Excel Object Library in the VBA Editor. (Choose Tools | References and make sure a check mark is next to the proper library.)

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (101) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Word Link to Create a New Excel Workbook.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Inserting a Copyright Mark

One of the most common symbols that can be added to a document is the copyright mark. This tip examines several ways you can ...

Discover More

Quickly Inserting a New Worksheet

Want a quick way to insert a worksheet? There's nothing faster than using the handy shortcut.

Discover More

Using Text Boxes

Text boxes are handy for placing information in a container that can "float" over your worksheet. This tip explains what text ...

Discover More

Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!

More WordTips (menu)

Unlinking an Excel Chart Automatically

When Excel charts are linked in a Word document, they update every time the document is opened. Here's how to unlink the ...

Discover More

Embedding an Excel Chart in a Word Document

Word and Excel usually work pretty well together. This means that you can easily paste charts from Excel into your Word ...

Discover More

Hyperlinking to a Specific Excel Worksheet

Creating a hyperlink to an Excel workbook is easy. With the information in this tip you can discover how to hone that ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight more than 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.