By default, live hyperlinks in Word are opened in the default browser by pressing and holding the “Ctrl” button and clicking the link. If you would rather just single click to follow a hyperlink, you can easily disable the “Ctrl+Click” using a setting.

To access this setting, click the “File” tab.

On the backstage screen, click “Options” in the list of items on the left.

On the “Word Options” dialog box, click “Advanced” in the list of items on the left.

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

Click “OK” to accept the change and close the “Word Options” dialog box.

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

NOTE: Turning off this option prevents you from being able to simply click on hyperlink text to put the cursor there, as clicking will open the link in the default browser. You must use the arrow keys to move the cursor into a hyperlink.

If you have a web address with spaces in it, here’s an easy way to have Word automatically create a live hyperlink as you type. You can also disable the ability to create hyperlinks automatically as you type them, or remove existing hyperlinks from your document.

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