How can I make Outlook open URLs in Internet Explorer?

Lynn May 21, 2011

Outlook won’t open a link in the email and activate the link in Explorer.
How can I get it to activate the link?

  1. Halliemoore
    December 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I cannot open email to receive answer to this question.

    • Tina
      December 28, 2011 at 11:46 am


      well, I hope you can read the comments on the website. Nevertheless, I wonder what's wrong with our email notifications. Are you not receiving them?

    May 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Hello, have you checked to see if you have outlook to receive/send emails as text only?  In order for you to click on links when you receive an email, rich text format or html have to be enable.  It is worth a shot.

    • Shamrocksu88
      June 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Try this to open Outlook open url in Internet explorer

          1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop to start Windows Explorer.
         2. On the View menu, click Folder Options.
         3. On the File Types tab, click the URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol entry, and then click Edit.
         4. In the Edit File Type dialog box that appears, click the OPEN entry in the Actions box, and then click Edit.
         5. In the Editing action for type: URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol window, click to select the Use DDE check box.
         6. In the Application used to perform action box, delete the %1 that appears after the -nohome entry, as shown in the following example (the drive and location of Iexplore.exe may be different):
            "D:Progra~1Intern~1iexplore.exe" -nohome
         7. In the DDE Message box, type the following:
         8. In the Application box, type IExplore.
         9. Leave the DDE Application Not Running box empty.
        10. In the Topic box, type WWW_OpenURL.
        11. Click OK, click Close, and then click Close.
        12. Quit Windows Explorer.
        13. Quit all versions of Internet Explorer.


  3. Tina
    May 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm


    were you able to try ha14's suggestion, yet and did it work for you? Please let us know. Thank you!

  4. Anonymous
    May 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Try re-registering these dlls and see if that helps with the links issue.
    Start | Run | type, or Copy/Paste, these in one at a time and try again. (Note the space in each command).
    regsvr32 Mshtml.dll
    regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
    regsvr32 Shell32.dll
    regsvr32 actxprxy.dll
    regsvr32 shdocvw.dl
    regsvr32 urlmon.dll
    In IE, go to: Tools>Internet Options>Programs. Click: Reset Web Settings - (uncheck box for homepage) - Click Yes.

    Hyperlinks do not work in Outlook Express or in Word

    Open the Windows menu.
    Type "default programs" (not including the quotation marks) under Start Search.
    Click Default Programs under Programs.
    Now click Set your default programs.
    Highlight Internet Explorer under Programs.
    Click Set this program as default.
    Now click OK.
    Close the default programs window.

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