I have a document library that has additional columns filled with various types of data. One of these columns is set using a workflow in SPD as a hyperlink. For over a year this column did in fact appear as a hyperlink, as it should have. However, last week the hyperlink stopped appearing and in its place appeared HTML. Does anyone else have this same issue? Do you know of a way to fix it?


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It seems that you are on the SharePoint online and calculated field was used to create the hyperlink which is not supported anymore by Microsoft. Have a look at this.

A possible workaround would be to:

  1. Create a workflow
  2. Build a string with appropriate URL/String
  3. Update the item in the list (this means you will have to create another field and hide/remove the calculated field you currently have)



  1. Create a new column, 'Hyperlink or Picture' type, ensure that it is Hyperlink

  2. Create a workflow variable (which you already have Link), just remove all the HTML it should be something like: https://mytenant.sharepoint.com/sites/Shared%20Documents/Forms/EditFile.aspx?ID=[%Current Item:ID%]&Source=Pending%20Approval.aspx

  3. Immediately after the url put a , (comma) and a space followed the text you want to display. This should be like: https://mytenant.sharepoint.com/sites/Shared%20Documents/Forms/EditFile.aspx?ID=[%Current Item:ID%]&Source=Pending%20Approval.aspx, Click Here to Approve

  4. Set the variable to the Hyperlink field created.

  • Thank you for the speedy response! Much appreciated. To clarify my post from above, this IS a workflow, designed in SPD, not a calculated field, so that shouldn't be an issue.
    – Srasch
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 22:01
  • Okay please update the question with the screenshot of the workflow so we can understand more. Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 7:29
  • this is updated with more information about the workflow.
    – Srasch
    Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 15:39
  • It looks like MSFT stopped supporting this feature, even if it comes from a workflow :( sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/218102/…
    – Srasch
    Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 21:26
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    yes! this seemed to work. Very creative :) Thank you!
    – Srasch
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 18:14

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