How to Open Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word Without the Ctrl Key

If you use Microsoft Word quite often, you might know that in order to open a hyperlink using the default browser, you need to press the ‘Ctrl’ button and then click on the link. I do not like this feature and would rather use just the left click to open up the web link.

If you are looking to ditch the ‘Ctrl’ button like I do, there is a setting in Word 2013 that can be changed to disable the ‘Ctrl+Click’. In fact, the same setting can be changed in Word 2007 and 2010. Let’s see how it works.

1) Click on File and select Options. This will open up the ‘Word Options’ dialogue box.

how to open Word options in 2013

2) Click on Advanced from the list of items that are displayed on the left-hand side.

3) Scroll down to the ‘Editing Options’ and uncheck the ‘Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink’ check box.

follow hyperlinks in word without the ctrl key

4) Click OK to accept the changes

Here’s how the hyperlinks look like when you hover your mouse on it after changing the setting.

open hyperlink in word without pressing the control key

And that’s all you need to do in order to follow hyperlinks in Word 2007, 2010 and 2013 without using the control key. While you are at it, don’t forget to check out our guide on inserting checkboxes in Microsoft Word.

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