by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 16, 2013)
Fay has two documents linked to each other—a form linked to an information document. On her work PC when she hovers the mouse pointer over the link it shows as a "pointer hand." On her PC at home she doesn't get the hand, but can right-click and select to open the link. Fay is wondering why the behavior is different on the two systems and what she can do to fix her home PC.
The behavior difference that Fay notes is actually controlled by a configuration setting within Word. Click the Office button and then choose Word Options. Click Advanced and display the Editing Options portion of the options. (This is the options at the very top of the advanced options.) (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Advanced options in Word.
Pay attention to the setting named Use CTRL+Click to Follow Hyperlink. If this check box is selected then Word requires the use of the Ctrl key to activate the link. (Or, as Fay did, right-clicking the link and selecting to open it.) If the check box is unselected then you'll get the "pointer hand" and be able to simply click on a link to follow it.
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