This seems like a silly question, but how can I visit an org-roam node from a link without using the mouse? I have been looking all over the place and can't seem to find an answer.

Some context: I'm trying to get started with org-roam. I'm finding and inserting nodes, creating documents... things are going fine. Once I've created a link to a node in a document, I can use my mouse to click the link and open a buffer with the associated document. But I don't want to use my mouse; I'd really like to be able to use a command to follow a link when the point is on it instead of using the mouse. And I don't want to have to use org-roam-node-find and sit there and type the node in, either.

Is there a function that opens a buffer when the point is on a node link?

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Org-roam node links are just Org ID links, so M-x org-open-at-point (C-c C-o by default) with point on a link will follow it, just like other links in Org mode. After creating a node link you might have to move point back one step using backward-char (C-b by default) to be on the link.

  • Amazing. Thanks. I'm not that deep into org-mode itself and I guess this is assumed knowledge in org-roam docs.
    – mattsilver
    Jan 18 at 2:58
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    You can also set the option org-return-follows-link to t: that allows you to follow the link with just RET. The only place where that does not work is if the link is in a table: only C-c C-o works there.
    – NickD
    Jan 18 at 4:10

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