How To Disable Automatic Update Of Links in Excel

In this article, you will learn how to disable the automatic update of links in excel.

Q): I do not want updation of links automatically whenever there is any change in the source file.

You need to follow below steps:

  • Click on File tab
  • Click on Options



  • From Excel Options window select Advanced




  • Scroll down till you find “When calculating this workbook”
  • Uncheck the first checkbox i.e. Update links to other documents



  • Click on Ok button will ensure that links will not get updated even if the Source file gets updated.

In this way we can disable automatic update of links.

Note: after taking all the above steps the links will be disable till the excel is open, after you close the excel file you need to repeat the above steps to ensure there is no automatic updation of links.


  1. Juliana Faria

    Just below in General, click on Ask to update automatic links. This solved the issued for me, since I want to decided file by file.

  2. This does not appear to solve the problem unless I am totally mis-understanding something. I need to be able to go back to old versions of the link receiving file to check the situation as at that date. If I can only go to Options Advanced if the file is opened then surely the updates will have occurred before I can uncheck the 'Update links to other documents' box

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