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How to Follow Hyperlinks in Word and Outlook Without Using the Ctrl Key

Pressing Ctrl while clicking to follow a hyperlink in Word and Outlook is the default. But you can disable this feature if you don’t like it.

By default, you must press the Ctrl key when click on hyperlinks in Word or Outlook to open them in your default browser. If you have a document with a lot of hyperlinks to follow, pressing Ctrl every time gets tedious.

When you move your mouse over a hyperlink, you’ll see a popup telling you to Ctrl + Click to follow the link.

Ctrl + Click to follow a hyperlink in Word

If you don’t want to press Ctrl every time you follow a link, you can easily turn off the Ctrl + Click feature.

Disabling the Ctrl + Click feature in Outlook is very handy if people you know email you links often.

Ctrl + Click feature disabled

Today we’ll show you how to disable the Ctrl + Click feature for hyperlinks in Word and Outlook.

Disable Ctrl + Click to Follow Hyperlinks in Word

To disable the Ctrl + Click feature in Word, click the File tab and then click Options.

Go to File > Options in Word

On the Word Options dialog box, click Advanced on the left.

Then, uncheck the Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink box in the Editing options section on the right.

Click OK.

Now, the cursor immediately changes to a hand when you move your mouse over a hyperlink and you don’t need to press Ctrl when you click the link to follow it.

Uncheck Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink box in Word

Disable Ctrl + Click to Follow Hyperlinks in Outlook

To disable the Ctrl + Click feature in Outlook, click the File tab and then click Options.

Go to File > Options in Outlook

On the Outlook Options dialog box, click Mail on the left and then click Editor Options in the Compose messages section on the right.

Click Mail then Editor Options in Outlook

Click Advanced on the left side of the Editor Options dialog box. Then, uncheck the Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink box in the Editing options section on the right.

Click OK.

Now, when you move your mouse cursor over a hyperlink, the cursor changes to a hand and you can click to follow the link without pressing the Ctrl key.

Uncheck Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink box in Outlook

There is a Trade-Off

Disabling the Ctrl + Click option prevents you from being able to simply click on hyperlinked text to edit it, as that will open the link in your default browser. That’s probably why Microsoft added the Ctrl + Click feature.

But you can use the arrow keys to navigate into hyperlinked text if you really don’t like having to press Ctrl when clicking on a hyperlink to follow it.


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