“Locate Link Browser” in Outlook & Vista.

Everytime I click a link in Outlook it would load Firefox but also pop up a request to “Locate Link Browser”.

Searching the web found this solution in newsgroups.

In Vista, Goto:
Control Panel
Make a file type always open in a specific program
Under Extensions, look for “.url” and change it to Firefox.

Worked for me!

Update: (8th March 2008)

Although I no longer have this issue, I have come accross a wiki page which suggests a registry edit could also fix the problem. Its a little more advanced, but if the above doesn’t work, its another solution.

From mozillaZine

You will need to manually edit the registry in Windows Vista or in cases where the File Types listing is missing certain entries such as “URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol” (HTTP) and “URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy” (http).

Caution: Editing the registry incorrectly can damage your system. Do not attempt these steps if you are inexperienced or uncomfortable using the Registry Editor.

  1. Go to “Start -> Run” (or press the windows key+R) then type regedit and click OK
  2. Use the directory tree hierarchy to navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\HTTP\shell\open\ddeexec
  3. Delete the “ddeexec” registry key
  4. Repeat for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\httpshell\open\ddeexec (and any other protocols you want to fix)
  5. Repeat for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Firefox\URL\shell\open\ddeexec
  6. Repeat for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Firefox\HTML\shell\open\ddeexec

    10 thoughts on ““Locate Link Browser” in Outlook & Vista.

    1. Dave

      Well, then again, I rebooted my system, and I’m getting the same thing. Can’t seem to figure anything else out as to why this happens, any other ideas?

    2. stalks Post author

      Chaosfreak, it is “Default Programs” if you have adjusted your Control Panel to “Classic View”. However, in the default view, it is as the article suggests.


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