Fix: Cannot open link in Internet Explorer new window or tab

If you find that nothing occurs after you click a link and that you cannot open a link in Internet Explorer new window or tab, then this article may interest you. Or sometimes it may happen that a new tab opens, but it opens as a blank page only. Additionally, you receive the following error message if you try to perform a search on the page by using the Find (on This Page) command:

An error has occurred in this dialog, Error 49: Interface not registered


Cannot open link in Internet Explorer

Why does this happen? The issue occurs when dynamic link library (DLL) files that are related to Internet Explorer are not correctly registered. So, to fix the problem you need to re-register the DLL files that are related to Internet Explorer. You can do so by following these simple steps.

Open an elevated command prompt, type regsvr32 urlmon.dll and then click Enter. This will re-register the urlmon.dll file and you will see the following box:

DllRegisterServer in urlmon.dll succeeded


Repeat the steps 1 through 7 for the rest of the DLL files by replacing the regsvr32 urlmon.dll command in the Open box with the following commands:

  1. regsvr32 actxprxy.dll
  2. regsvr32 shdocvw.dll
  3. regsvr32 mshtml.dll
  4. regsvr32 browseui.dll
  5. regsvr32 jscript.dll
  6. regsvr32 vbscript.dll
  7. regsvr32 oleaut32.dll

That’s it! You should find your problem fixed now.

Check this post if you cannot open particular website in Internet Explorer.

You can also see if the following posts help you:

  1. Fix: Internet Explorer Does Not Open Links
  2. Reset IE to default settings
  3. Fix IE
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer Troubleshooter.

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