“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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