“Locate Link Browser” Error

Hi Fred: I use Microsoft Outlook as my mail handler and recently I’ve encountered a problem.  When I receive email with a clickable website, I can’t get to it by clicking.  I get a dialog box labeled "Locate Link Browser".  So, I end up copying and pasting to get to the site.  I don’t know what to "connect" it to.  Would you please give me some direction? —Bill Mohr

I’d never seen that particular error, but it appears to be a fairly common one caused by an odd conflict between Outlook and Netscape, both of which fight for who "owns" the right to open links. (See
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;821692 )

If that’s not the problem, the thread at http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1074641871 contains information on rebuilding your URL-handling associations in Windows; a little geeky, but not too bad.

And if *that* doesn’t work, surely the answer is here:


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Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.