If someone sends you an email message in Outlook 2013, and that message contains a hyperlink, then you will need to hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard before you click it. While this makes it a little “safer” by forcing you to actively click a link in an email, it can be a little tedious if you need to click email links a lot.
Fortunately this is a setting in Outlook 2013 that you can adjust. Our guide below will help you find the menu location where you can choose to disable the Ctrl requirement before clicking a link, thereby making it possible to just click a link in an email and open it in your default Web browser.
How to Follow a Link in Outlook 2013 By Clicking It
The steps in this guide will assume that you currently have to hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard in order to click a link inside of an email in Outlook 2013. By following these steps, you will be able to click and follow the Web page link without holding down the Ctrl key.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
Step 4: Click the Mail tab in the left column of the Outlook Options window.
Step 5: Click the Editor Options button in the Compose messages section of the menu.
Step 6: Click the Advanced tab in the left column of the Editor Options window.
Step 7: Click the box to the left of Use Ctrl + Click to follow hyperlink to clear the check mark. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
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