Microsoft will finally add support for this highly-requested feature to Excel

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Excel will soon support adding hyperlinks to modern comments.
  • Modern comments allow people to collaborate with features such as @mentions.
  • The feature could roll out as soon as February 2022, but that date is subject to change.

Microsoft has a handy new feature in the works for Excel. Soon, the popular spreadsheet app will support hyperlinks within modern comments. This has been a requested feature for years, and should make it much easier to share content from the web while working together on a spreadsheet.

The feature appears in a recently updated entry on the Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab). Support for hyperlinks within modern comments could arrive as soon as February 2022, but that's not a firm release date. Microsoft often delays features as its developers work out any kinks.

Modern comments are available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Designed for collaboration, modern comments support @mentions, which can then notify people via email.

At the moment, it is possible to add hyperlinks to notes, but those are different than comments. People have used notes as a workaround for the lack of hyperlink support in comments for quite some time, but it's a complicated process that involves pinning a note to a sheet within Excel.

Support for hyperlinks within modern comments in Excel should smooth out people's workflows and make it easier to share online content.

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