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Based on a csv import, I would like to show formatted hyperlinks. There is a formula =HYPERLINK( "www.google.com" ; "Search Google" ) that does this, but is there any way to include this in a csv import?

This csv line does not work:

"test","=HYPERLINK(""""www.google.com"""";""""Search Google"""")"

I can manually change the spreadsheet after the input, but I would like to base everything on the csv.

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I've been searching the internet and found out that there's no way to do that in Google Spreadsheet. I did however created a fairly simple work-a-round:

  1. Prepare the following CSV line:
    test,'=&*HYPERLINK(C1;E1),www.google.com,"Search Google"

  2. Go to the Edit menu and select Find & Replace:

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  3. Enter the following:

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  4. The formula will be recognised and accepts the references.

Adding the special characters (&*) will make it very unlikely that other "fields" are affected by the "Find & Replace" function.

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I was afraid it would be something like this, did you find any documentation stating that it is not possible? – Jasper Duizendstra Dec 24 '12 at 8:24
No. I've uploaded many variations, down loaded them and uploaded them again. Together with your research, I'm pretty sure it isn't possible. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Dec 24 '12 at 10:40

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