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How to Repair Hyperlinks in Outlook Express

A problem that plagued users of Outlook Express for generations was the bad-hyperlink conundrum. Most sophisticated email programs display as a clickable link any text that looks like a web page or an email address in an email message. It’s magic! But sometimes Outlook Express loses the magic.

To remedy the situation, and to try to restore links to your email message in Outlook Express running Windows XP, follow these technical steps:

  1. Open the Folder Options icon in the Control Panel.

  2. Click the File Types tab.

  3. Select (NONE) URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol from the list of registered file types.

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  4. Click the Advanced button.

    The Edit File Type dialog box appears.

  5. Click the Edit button.

  6. If you don’t see the word open in the Action dialog box, type it in there.

    Type open (no period).

  7. Confirm that the Application Used to Perform Action text box contains the text "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome.

    If the text box doesn’t contain the text, type it exactly as written:

    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome

    The final option is a hyphen followed immediately by the “word” nohome (there’s no space between the two).

  8. Place a check mark by the option Use DDE.

  9. Ensure that the text "%1",,-1,0,,,, is written in the DDE Message box.

    If the text isn’t written, type it. Here’s how it looks:

    "%1",,-1,0,,,,

    That’s %1 in double quotes, followed by two commas, and then -1, a comma, zero, and four commas. The text must be typed exactly as shown.

  10. Ensure that the text IExplore is typed in the Application box.

  11. Check to confirm that the DDE Application Not Running box is left blank.

  12. Click OK.

    No, you’re not done yet. You need to confirm that a second item has also been set properly and then fix it if necessary.

  13. Back in the Folder Properties dialog box, on the File Types tab, choose (NONE) URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy from the Registered File Types list.

    It’s the item just below (NONE) URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol.

  14. Repeat Steps 4 through 12 exactly.

  15. Click OK to close the Folder Options dialog box.

If you still have problems, repeat these steps, but modify Step 7. First, try changing the first part of the text to %programfiles%, like this:

"%programfiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome

If it still doesn’t work, add the text %1 to the end of the command. Here’s how the command should look:

"%programfiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome %1
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