For an easy way to jump to a cell range or another spreadsheet, use hyperlinks. This is ideal for referencing data that you can view with a click. Here’s how to link to cells and spreadsheets in Google Sheets.
If you have a large spreadsheet, you may want to link to a group of cells within it. This gives you a quick way to move to that group.
Go to the cell where you want to add the link. You can enter text to use as the link here or in the pop-up window to come. Otherwise, the group of cells will appear as the text.
Click Insert > Insert Link from the menu.
When the window opens, click “Sheets and Named Ranges” at the bottom.
Then, scroll down once more and click “Select a Range of Cells to Link.”
In either of the above two steps, you can add the text you want to link in the box labeled Text at the top of the window. This is handy if you didn’t enter it in the cell before you started the link process.
When the Select a Data Range window appears, enter the cell range or drag through the range on your sheet to populate the box. Click “OK.”
You’ll then see your hyperlink in the cell. Select the cell and then click the link that appears in the tiny pop-up window. You’ll head right to the data range you picked.
If you’ve defined a name for a group of cells, you can link to that as well. The process is similar as linking to unnamed cells as described above.
Select the cell where you want to add the link and click Insert > Insert Link from the menu. When the window opens, click “Sheets and Named Ranges.”
In the subsequent pop-up, scroll down to the Name Ranges section and choose the one you want. You can also add the text for the cell here if needed.
You’ll then see your hyperlink and when you select the cell, you can click the link in the small pop-up to go to the named cell range.
One more convenient way to use a hyperlink in Google Sheets is to link to another sheet. This process is even easier than the above processes for cell ranges.
Select the cell where you want to add the link and click Insert > Insert Link from the menu. If you see the sheet you want when the window appears, select it. If not, click “Sheets and Named Ranges.”
You’ll then see a list of the spreadsheets in the workbook below Sheets. Simply choose the one you want. Again, you can add text at the top if you like.
You’ll then see the hyperlink and can click the link in the small pop-up window to go to the sheet.
After you add a hyperlink, whether to a cell range or sheet, you can copy, edit, or remove the link. Select the cell containing the link and choose the action on the right of the small pop-up window.
If you use Microsoft Excel in addition to Google Sheets, take a look at how to use cross references and named cells in Excel.