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Outlook 2003 not enabling links

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by carterlangley, Mar 15, 2010.

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  1. carterlangley

    carterlangley Thread Starter

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    Hi guys,

    First time, first post. So please forgive this one, it is probably quite irritating now.

    When I click a link in Outlook 2003, I get the message that there are restrictions in place and to contact my system administrator. Firstly, this is my home computer so not in a corporate environment. I have looked at the usual, ie. the junk mail settings and made sure that IE8 is my default. Also, the regkey is there saying that IE is to open links. I have also tried to make word the editor and then take that away, yet nothing seems to work. I did try using Opera about a week or so back, then uninstalled it and stayed with IE. But the reg settings don't reflect Opera at all. So, this one has me stumped.

    There must be something else I am missing! Other than maybe a few brain cells?
     
  2. chronk

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    Hi carterlangley,

    Does the following registry entry have htmlfile value?

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.html
    Right click the value for the .html key and select Modify...
    Change the value from "OperaHTML" to "htmlfile"

    Repeat these steps for htm and .shtml keys if they exist.
    You may also want to check the xhtml and xhtm keys.

    If anything other than "htmlfile", you may want to change to that - after backing up the registry of course.

    If that does not work - you may want to reset Internet Explorer under Tools > Internet Options > Advanced.
    That will disable your add-ons so you may have to enable what you want - after seeing if this fixes the issue.

    If it does - try enabling add-ons a few at a time - while checking Link functionality in Outlook.
     
  3. carterlangley

    carterlangley Thread Starter

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    Thanks for that. I had a look at the registry, and that .html key didn't even exist. I managed to find a .bat file to fix this and also make IE the default and this has worked. If anybody here wants that .bat file then email me and I will send it over. Have a look at it and make sure that the changes it is going to make are what you want first as it does do quite a bit. I will past the contents of the file here as well.

    :: .htm extension
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\.htm" /t REG_SZ /d "htmlfile" /ve /f
    :: .html extension
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\.html" /t REG_SZ /d "htmlfile" /ve /f
    :: http shell
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\http\shell\open\command" /t REG_SZ /d "\"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE\" -nohome" /ve /f
    :: ftp shell
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\ftp\shell\open\command" /t REG_SZ /d "\"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE\" %%1" /ve /f
    :: https shell
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\https\shell\open\command" /t REG_SZ /d "\"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE\" -nohome" /ve /f
    :: http class
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\http\DefaultIcon" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\http\DefaultIcon" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%%SystemRoot%%\system32\url.dll,0" /ve /f
    :: ftp class
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\ftp\DefaultIcon" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\ftp\DefaultIcon" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%%SystemRoot%%\system32\url.dll,0" /ve /f
    :: https class
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\https\DefaultIcon" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\https\DefaultIcon" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%%SystemRoot%%\system32\url.dll,0" /ve /f
    :: ddeexec keys
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\http\shell\open\ddeexec" /t REG_SZ /d "\"%%1\",,-1,0,,,," /ve /f
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\ftp\shell\open\ddeexec" /t REG_SZ /d "\"%%1\",,-1,0,,,," /ve /f
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\https\shell\open\ddeexec" /t REG_SZ /d "\"%%1\",,-1,0,,,," /ve /f
    :: StartMenuInternet key
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet" /ve /ve /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet" /t REG_SZ /d "IEXPLORE.EXE" /ve /f
    :: ddeexec app keys
    reg add "HKCR\HTTP\shell\open\ddeexec\Application" /t REG_SZ /d "IExplore" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCR\HTTPS\shell\open\ddeexec\Application" /t REG_SZ /d "IExplore" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCR\FTP\shell\open\ddeexec\Application" /t REG_SZ /d "IExplore" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCR\htmlfile\shell\open\ddeexec\Application" /t REG_SZ /d "IExplore" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCR\htmlfile\shell\opennew\ddeexec\Application" /t REG_SZ /d "IExplore" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCR\mhtmlfile\shell\open\ddeexec\Application" /t REG_SZ /d "IExplore" /ve /f
    reg add "HKCR\mhtmlfile\shell\opennew\ddeexec\Application" /t REG_SZ /d "IExplore" /ve /f
    :: ifexec keys
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\ftp\shell\open\ddeexec\ifExec" /t REG_SZ /d "*" /ve /f

    Hope this helps others as it has helped me!
     
  4. chronk

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    carterlangley,

    Glad you got the links workng!
     
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