Is there a keyboard equivalent of left mouse click in emacs?

Use case here is an .org file I have which contains a no. of URLs

I can left click on those URLs to have them open in a browser

I was wondering whether there was a combination of key presses that would achieve the same, so I don't have to reach for the mouse?


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Function org-open-at-point (bound to C-c C-o) does precisely that I think. Its docstring (obtained through M-x describe-function) includes:

(org-open-at-point &optional ARG REFERENCE-BUFFER)

Open link, timestamp, footnote or tags at point.

When point is on a link, follow it. Normally, files will be opened by an appropriate application. If the optional prefix argument ARG is non-nil, Emacs will visit the file. With a double prefix argument, try to open outside of Emacs, in the application the system uses for this file type.


Additionnaly, as mentionned by @Nick, the return key can be used instead of C-c C-o if variable org-return-follows-link is non-nil:

org-return-follows-link is a variable defined in ‘org.el’. Its value is nil

Documentation: Non-nil means on links RET will follow the link. In tables, the special behavior of RET has precedence.

  • you are absolutely correct! I've just tested and it works as expected, i.e. link opens as new tab in browser - I'll modify the OP to reflect that its specific to org mode..
    – bph
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 11:22
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    See also the variable org-return-follows-link. If you set it to t, then RET follows the link (but not if the link is in a table).
    – NickD
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 11:50

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