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I prefer to use the mouse as little as possible. So far I have not been able to find a way to follow a TOC (table of contents) link in Microsoft Word using the keyboard.

My goal is to be able to quickly navigate through the document using the TOC and the keyboard.

The Document Map would probably work well for this, but in Word 2007 it appears to not be able to get keyboard focus, so it only works with the mouse.

Is there any way to do this with the keyboard?

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It appears that this is just not possible in Word 2007. – skypecakes Jun 5 '12 at 18:22
I stand, happily, corrected! Thanks, Lernkurve! – skypecakes Nov 5 '12 at 21:20
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Assign a custom keyboard shortcut to the HyperlinkOpen command.

How to

Don't know whether it works the same way in Word 2007, but in Word 2010 do the following:

  1. Menu: File > Options
  2. Section: Customize Ribbon
  3. Button: Customize... next to Keyboard shortcuts enter image description here
  4. Categories: All commands
  5. Commands: HyperlinkOpen
  6. Assign a keyboard shortcut of your choice, for example F12
  7. Button: Assign
  8. Button: Close
  9. Button: Ok

Now, when the cursor is over a hyperlink on the TOC, press F12, and there you go.

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You did it! Thanks, that works perfectly. – skypecakes Oct 5 '12 at 17:56

Press Shift + F10 to open the context menu, then press O to select Open Hyperlink.

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I was going to say the same thing, except use the [Right-Click] button on the keyboard instead of [Shift]+[F10]. – Hand-E-Food Sep 23 '11 at 1:21
@Hand: I would have said that, except that many modern keyboards no longer include that button (especially laptops) – SLaks Sep 23 '11 at 1:32
What?! That key's invaluable. :-( – Hand-E-Food Sep 23 '11 at 2:47
That menu item works for hyperlinks, but not for TOC links. I'm realizing that the title of my question is a bit misleading; changing it now. – skypecakes Sep 26 '11 at 17:05

If you hit alt+ctrl+home Word will open up a little box that allows you to set the current browsing type (Browse Options).

These option effects what ctrl+PgUp and ctrl+PgDn do.

If you open the Browse Option dialog and select "Browse by field", then ctrl+PgUp and ctrl+PgDn will jump from field to field in the document. Since hyperlinks count as fields, they will be one of the things it stops on.

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That's useful, thank you! It's not quite what I'm looking for, though. I'm not trying to get to the hyperlinks, I'm trying to get to the hyperlink targets, when I'm already at the hyperlink. – skypecakes Sep 22 '11 at 22:06

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