How to add hyperlinks in VB6

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in VB6. The library is a COM+ component that works without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for COM+

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VB6

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 3: Run VB6 code that adds hyperlinks to Excel

Execute the following VB6 code that exports an Excel file with hyperlinks on a cell or cell ranges.

' Tutorial 15
' This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file with hyperlinks in VB6.
' EasyXLS supports the following hyperlink types:
'		1 - hyperlink to URL 
'		2 - hyperlink to file
'		3 - hyperlink to UNC
'		4 - hyperlink to cell in the same Excel file
'		5 - hyperlink to name 
' The link can be placed on a range of cells.
' Every type of hyperlink accepts a tool tip description.
' Every type of hyperlink accepts a text mark. A text mark is a link inside the file.
Begin VB.Form Form1 
    Caption         =   "Form1"
    ClientHeight    =   4590
    ClientLeft      =   60
    ClientTop       =   345
    ClientWidth     =   6885
    LinkTopic       =   "Form1"
    ScaleHeight     =   4590
    ScaleWidth      =   6885
    StartUpPosition =   3  'Windows Default
    Begin VB.Label Label1 
        AutoSize        =   -1  'True
        Height          =   100
        Left            =   120
        TabIndex        =   0
        Top             =   120
        Width           =   100

Attribute VB_Name = "Form1"
Attribute VB_GlobalNameSpace = False
Attribute VB_Creatable = False
Attribute VB_PredeclaredId = True
Attribute VB_Exposed = False

Private Sub Form_Load()


    Me.Label1.Caption = "Tutorial 15" & vbCrLf & "-----------------" & vbCrLf

    ' Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files
    Set workbook = CreateObject("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument")

    ' Create two sheets
    workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2 ("First tab")
    workbook.easy_addWorksheet_2 ("Second tab")

    Set xlsTab1 = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0)
    Set xlsTab2 = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1)

    ' Create hyperlink to URL
    xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink_3 HyperlinkType.HYPERLINKTYPE_URL, _
                                "https://www.easyxls.com", "Link to URL", "B2:E2"

    ' Create hyperlink to file
    xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink_3 HyperlinkType.HYPERLINKTYPE_FILE, _
                                "c:\myfile.xls", "Link to file", "B3"

    ' Create hyperlink to UNC
    xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink_3 HyperlinkType.HYPERLINKTYPE_UNC, _
                                "\\computerName\Folder\file.txt", "Link to UNC", "B4:D4"

    ' Create hyperlink to cell on second sheet
    xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink_3 HyperlinkType.HYPERLINKTYPE_CELL, _
                                "'Second tab'!D3", "Link to CELL", "B5"

    ' Create a name on the second sheet
    xlsTab2.easy_addName_2 "Name", "=Second tab!$A$1:$A$4"

    ' Create hyperlink to name
    xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink_3 HyperlinkType.HYPERLINKTYPE_CELL, _
                                "Name", "Link to a name", "B6"

    ' Export Excel file
    Me.Label1.Caption = Me.Label1.Caption & vbCrLf & _
                           "Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial15 - hyperlinks in Excel.xlsx"
    workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile ("C:\Samples\Tutorial15 - hyperlinks in Excel.xlsx")

    ' Confirm export of Excel file
    If workbook.easy_getError() = "" Then
        Me.Label1.Caption = Me.Label1.Caption & vbCrLf & "File successfully created."
        Me.Label1.Caption = Me.Label1.Caption & vbCrLf & "Error: " & workbook.easy_getError()
    End If

    ' Dispose memory
End Sub

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS Excel components:

Excel Library for VB6
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for VB6
COM+ version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Component for VB6

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 2021
Office 365