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Firefox- Locate Link Browser box pops up

 7:38 pm on Jun 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

When I click on a link in Outlook, the link opens up, but also a "Locate Link Browser" box pops up.

Any ideas why?




 5:23 pm on Jun 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Anyone have any idea of what may be causing this?

Do you have Firefox set as your default web browser?

* bump *


 7:07 pm on Jun 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 821692: [support.microsoft.com]

The Locate Link Browser dialog box appears when a Microsoft Internet browser returns an error value after it is started by Outlook 2003.

Also says update to later version browser than NN6.2 and to XP - I think there is something being left unsaid by MS if still occuring in Firefox! Outlook/IE having link "ownership" conflicts with others - strange but true!


 1:00 am on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well, I'm getting this with Outlook XP and Firefox 0.9
Firefox 0.8 didn't do this.
Sounds like something changed somewhere. Firefox or an outlook update?



 2:24 am on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

It is not a Firefox problem it is a Windows bug.

Possible solution:
Open "Folder Options"
Look at every: "URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol" listed.
such as:
URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol
URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy

edit to ensure is listed as "open" and is pointed at browser you want to use.

If they are all open and all point to your browser (Moz) I am at a loss.


 2:43 am on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am having the same problem since upgrading to Firefox 0.9 on WinXP with Office 2003.


 2:53 am on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

You may need to reassociate FireFox with links in Outlook

Open Internet Explorer
Go to:
Tools : Internet Options : Programs Tab
Select (if not already) Outlook in the email section

Open the Locate Link Browser window
Browse to select the browser executable you want to use as default browser.
Click OK.

If this is the Outlook problem it will likely be a similar problem with Office.


 10:22 am on Jun 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I had the same problem (XP, OfficeXP, Firefox 0.9), and it is fine now, since I removed the checkbox "Use DDE" in
Folder Options -> File Types -> URL:Hyper Text Transfer Protocol -> Advanced -> Edit "open".

And also for URL:Hyper Text Transfer Protocol with Privacy.

But I have no idea at all what DDE means, so do it at your own risk. There was just sth about IE in the DDE settings that made me suspicious :o) - and it worked.


Oh, and I just found out that, if you re-check DDE later, the settings of it have changed to sth with "Firefox" instead of "IE", and the Locate-Link-Broser-Window stays away even if it is checked.


 10:30 am on Jun 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

DDE stands for Dynamic Data Exchange - a technology that allows two running applications to share data. It's built into Macintosh (not sure about OS X), Windows and OS/2 operating systems. Sort of an older version of Object Lnking and Embedding (OLE).


 5:15 pm on Jun 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank You Jela!
I had the same problem and this was indeed the fix. I changed both options just as you suggested.

One additional detail:
After unchecking the DDE box, click OK twice just to get back to the "folder options" window. At this point if you go into "advanced" and "edit" again you'll see the DDE box is already checked again but the association has been changed to Firefox.

Thanks again!


 10:33 pm on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Jela. Had the same problem. Your solution works great! The URL hypertext settings are at the top of the File Types display box, not alphabetical under U. Took me a while to find them. Click twice on the vertical scroll bar to go down to them.
The first column, Extensions, will say "(NONE)". Look for the little Firefox icon.
Just started using Firefox last night and I love it, except for the apparent lack of a way to save a shortcut/bookmark to the desktop, as is so handy in IE. Makes it easy to remember those sites you want to go back to next time you use the machine, or use a whole lot.
Is there an extension that will allow creation of desktop shortcuts, as in IE?

Thanks again.
Cool site....


 8:34 pm on Jul 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

""Makes it easy to remember those sites you want to go back to next time you use the machine, or use a whole lot.
Is there an extension that will allow creation of desktop shortcuts, as in IE?""

Yes, and it works perfectly. Search through them at [update.mozilla.org...]

I installed it and it's the same.


 5:37 pm on Jul 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have a related, but slightly different variation of the problem.

Link Browser dialog was popping up in Outlook 2003. I located Firefox in the Link Browser and selected it.

Now when I click a link in Outlook, TWO Firefox (0.91) browsers open -- one with the target site, the other is blank. I tried the DDE trick, but that didn't change anything.

Anyone have any ideas about how I might stop the "blank" browswer from opening?


 6:00 pm on Jul 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I found a solution...see this reg fix (I found it via Mozilla Forum:




 4:05 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Here's what I did to fix my problem:

Using regedt32, I deleted the following key, and all children:



 7:22 pm on Aug 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just started having this problem today for some odd reason. I had Firefox running for a week and never had this happen until today. Today I got the "Open Link Browser" dialog and browsed to firefox and picked that, but then I started getting two browser windows instead of just one window and an open dialog box. Followed the solution Jela gave to disable DDE and now it works fine. Thanks!


 4:35 am on Aug 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thank you, Jela - your instructions worked and no more Locate Link Browser popping up!

I had to go at it with a few more steps (downloaded Mozilla 0.9.3 today): Mozilla browser - Tools - Options - Downloads - Show Folder - Tools and then I was able to follow your directions.

Appreciate your help!


 11:44 pm on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

I followed the instructions from message #7. The "Locate Link Browser" window went away, but now it opens 2 Firefox windows to the link. What next? Is there a consensus?


 12:10 pm on Aug 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

Try the instructions in Msg. #5. That's what worked for me.

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