Changing How Links are Activated

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 22, 2017)


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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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2013-01-20 03:05:28


The Options backstage pane in the ribbon is a direct descendent of the Options dialog box.

In the menu, look in Tools menu > Options command > Edit tab. Turn on/off "Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink.

2013-01-16 18:29:01

David Gardner

In Word 2003, click the Tools menu to find Options.

2013-01-16 13:33:21


Seems like you're subscribed to the wrong version. There is another site for those with the menu interface. Try this link:

2013-01-16 10:57:59

Where do you find the Office Button or Word Options on a pre 2007 Word Version? I am working on Word 2003.

I received tips for many years but most tips now seem to be for 2007 with no link for those of us with older programs.

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