You have received an email and it has got a link that is directed to some important site. But unfortunately, that link takes you nowhere, nothing happens in the least. Whenever we see a hand cursor appearing, we all know that we've to click thereon for opening the destination link.


Taking a common scenario, on clicking the link again and again given in the email received, the browser does not open up with the link.  In fact, Outlook or Outlook Express or the other email programs do nothing, as if we've not clicked anything. All this leads to a fuming situation. Usually, we expect that it’s the e-mail program side problem but that’s not the case in the least.  Any breakage or distortion in the association of links and hyperlinks with browser results in inaccessibility of links and hence links not work.

But no worries!!! You can resolve this Hyperlink problem by doing mere changes. For restoring links in email clients, consider the subsequent points:

If you are using Windows Vista OS
  • Open the Windows menu.
  • Type “default programs” under Start Search.
  • Click Default Programs under Programs.
  • Click Set your default programs.
  • Select Internet Explorer under Programs.
  • Click Set this program as a default and then click OK.
One can choose a special browser from an equivalent Programs list and use Set this program as default to form it your default browser.

If you are using Windows 98/2000/XP
  • Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
  • Click Internet Options.
If you are doing not see Internet Options directly, click Network and Internet Connections before.
  • Go to the Programs tab.
  • Check to Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default browser.
  • Click OK.
  • Open IE.
It will ask Internet Explorer isn't currently your default browser. Would you wish to form it in your default browser?. Click Yes.

If Internet Explorer does not require that, then
  • Close Internet Explorer.
  • Select My Computer from the Start menu.
  • Choose Tools | Folder Options… from the menu.
  • Go to the File Types tab.
  • Select URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol.
  • Click Advanced and select Open.
  • Click Remove.
  • Click Yes and then OK. Start Internet Explorer.
If you employ a browser aside from IE, start it and confirm it's the new default.

The changes made will make the links working in Outlook Express, Outlook, Windows Mail, or the other email program.

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