Usually, an update from an old Windows version to windows 10 makes it challenging for users to open links in Outlook Email. Experts think that this is because of a bad office installation or the default browser that one is using. Can’t open links in Outlook is a problem not just experienced by windows 10 users, but also those using older versions like windows 7 and windows 8. In this article, we shall look at some of the best solutions to help you resolve the issue.
Method 1: Repair office installation
The first method that can enable us open Outlook links is to repair the office installation. This method is essential especially if the issue is caused by a bad office installation. Most users use Programs and Features window to repair Microsoft Office Suite. Here is how it is done;
Step 1: Open the Run box
The first thing you need to repair the Office installation via Programs and Features window is to open the Run box. To do this simply press the Windows key + R. then type “appwiz.cpl” and hit Enter. This will open the Programs and Features.
Figure 1: Run box
Step 2: Locate Microsoft Office
The next thing we need to do is to locate the Microsoft office that has the Outlook version which has got issues. This is found inside Programs and features. Simply scroll-down and locate it.
Step 3: Change Microsoft Office
Now we need to change Microsoft office. Right-click on the MS office version and click change as shown in figure 2 below;
Figure 2: Change Microsoft office
Step 4: Repair the MS Office
You will be presented with a Microsoft Repair window. In the window, select repair then hit Continue.
Figure 3: Microsoft Repair window
Now you will see on-screen prompts that will guide you through the process of repairing the window. You will have to wait a little bit for the repair to be completed.
The last step is to restart the computer and check whether or not the issues have been resolved in the next startup.
Method 2: Change default web browser
As already mentioned, it is possible that the issue is originating from the default browser. If this is the case, then you need to change the default browser in order to open Outlook links.
Changing the default browser to either Internet explorer or Microsoft Edge can help solve the Outlook links not opening in chrome issue. To change the browser, follow the steps below;
Step 1: Open run box
Just like in the previous method, we first have to open the Run box. To do this, we simply need to press the windows key + R. Then type “Control” to access the Control Panel.
Step 2: Click Default Programs
Inside the control panel, you have to click on the Default Programs.
Step 3: Set Default Programs
Now you can see an option to set the default programs inside the control panel under default programs.
Figure 4: Set default programs
Step 4: Choose either Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer
When you click on Set your default programs, you will be presented with a window from where you can choose either Internet explorer or Microsoft Edge. Simply scroll down to locate them.
Figure 5: Default browser
After you have selected your preferred browser, simply restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
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