When you think of Table of Contents, you immediately think of Microsoft Word but it can also be useful in Excel. I think I am showing my age with this one but I do believe that Excel 4 or Excel 5 allowed you to create a Table of Contents in a workbook. Well, we are up to Excel 7 ...and soon to be 10 if you can believe it and while it is not a feature you can still have a Table of Contents - you just have to create it. It is very easy as you can use hyperlinks.
Why a TOC ?A Table of Contents allows you to easily organize and pull your data together even if it is all over the place. It can be useful for yourself or if you share files with others. It is also a very useful way to navigate around if you are doing a presentation. Additionally, it is a great way to find files that are linked externally or for that matter hidden worksheets.
In this example, I have a sheet that contains all my input or analysis, another with charts and then a sheet with other data I want to present.
I created a new sheet called TOC and this is where I want to put all my hyperlinks.
To Insert a Hyperlink within the document, click on a cell where you want the hyperlink to display
In the first column called Link To:
Select Place in this Document
Select the sheet you want to link to by clicking on it and then type the cell reference in. (You need to know the cell you want to link to ahead of time)
In Text to display, type in a name to display in the cell otherwise the default is that it will display the sheet name and cell reference.
Yes, it is that easy. In the Hyperlink dialog box, you can also link to an existing file, existing webpage or even create a new document to link to.
Below is a picture of a TOC that I created.
I hid the gridlines on TOC so that it would look better when I displayed it for an online presentation
Go to the View tab and in the Show/Hide Group, remove the checkmark from gridlines.
Have a great weekend. I am so glad it is Friday!