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How to Follow Hyperlinks in Outlook 2013 Without Holding Down …

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Live hyperlinks in Outlook are opened in the default browser by pressing and holding the Ctrl button and clicking the link. This is the default setting, but it can be changed if you would rather single click on a hyperlink to follow it.

To access this setting, click the File tab on a Message window.

NOTE: You can also click the File tab on the ribbon on the main Outlook window.

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Click Options in the list of items on the left, whether you accessed the File tab from the main Outlook window or from the Message window.

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If you opened the Outlook Options dialog box from the Message window, the Mail option will already be active. Otherwise, click Mail in the list of options on the left.

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On the right side of the Compose messages section, click the Editor Options button.

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On the Editor Options dialog box, click Advanced in the list on the left side, again, whether you accessed the File tab from the main Outlook window or from the Message window.

NOTE: There are a few more options available on the left side of the Editor Options dialog box if you opened the Outlook Options dialog box from the Message window.

If you originally accessed the Outlook Options dialog box from the main Outlook window, you will only see Display and Proofing.

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In the Editing options section, select the Use CTRL + Click to follow hyperlink check box so there is NO check mark in the box.

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Click OK to close the Editor Options dialog box.

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You are returned to the Outlook Options dialog box. Click OK to close it.

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Now, when you move your mouse over a hyperlink in an email message, the cursor immediately changes to a hand and you can click once to follow the link.

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NOTE: Just like in Word1, turning off this option prevents you from being able to simply click on hyperlink text to put the cursor there. Clicking once on the link will open it in the default browser.

You must use the arrow keys to move the cursor into a hyperlink.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people’s lives easier through the use of technology.

She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

References

  1. ^ Word (www.howtogeek.com)

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