Stop Requiring CTRL – Click

Summary: Visit hyperlinks in Microsoft Word 2003 without holding down the CTRL key.

Whenever you want to visit a hyperlink using Microsoft Word 2003, you cannot just click on the hyperlink. Instead, you must hold down the CTRL key while clicking the hyperlink.

This is for your protection. Microsoft Word 2003 keeps you from accidentally visiting web sites that you don’t want to visit linked in documents, plus it keeps you from editing a document and accidentally jumping around to a different section.

However, you may want to disable this setting so just clicking on a hyperlink views its destination without requiring the CTRL key.

1. Select “Tools” then “Options”.
2. When the multi-tabbed dialog-box “Options” appears, click the “Edit” tab.
3. Uncheck “Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink”.
4. Press “OK” to close the dialog box.