Fix: Internet Explorer Does Not Open Links

You might find at times that when you click on a link in Internet Explorer 10 or earlier, it does not open the link. In this article, we’d like to suggest some solutions you can try out to fix this issue. In most cases when this problem occurs, you may find that your Internet Explorer will not open links after a Windows update or after installing another browser on your computer. Resetting the Internet Explorer settings may not help in this case – a reinstall of Internet Explorer will help – but reinstalling however, should be the last option – when everything else fails.

Internet Explorer cannot or will not open links

We have two suggestions that you might want to try before opting for reinstall of the Internet Explorer.

Reset Default Programs

Open the in-built Set Default Programs Associations window and make sure that IE is set as the default program for all the links and similar stuff.

To do this:

  • Open Start Menu, search for Default Programs and hit Enter.
  • This opens the Default Programs window. Click on Set Your Default Programs

  • In the resulting window (the Set Default Programs window), click on Internet Explorer and then, on Choose Defaults For This Program
  • This will open up Set Program Associations window. Click against Select All to select all types being displayed.
  • Just to confirm that you are on the right window, you will be seeing html, mht, htm, mhtml and similar other file extensions (see image for reference)
  • Once you are done with selection, click on Save
  • You will be back on the Set Default Programs  window (refer step 4).
  • Click on OK to close the window.

Ready-To-Use Batch file to fix the issue

If you have tried the above method of resetting the default programs and still could not fix Internet Explorer 9 or IE10, you can use the batch file containing executable commands. These commands will re-register the IE components and finally correct the registry entry so that the IE problems are solved. You can download the IELinkFix bat file from our servers. Do create a system restore point first.


Being a batch file to re-register IE components, like our Fix IE utility or the Internet Explorer Troubleshooter, it may be used in several other cases too. For example, if your IE hangs or cannot display part of websites, you can use the code.

When you attempt a download, you may receive a message saying this kind of files may be dangerous. Just ignore the message and download it.

To run the file, just double-click it. Again, you will receive a security warning when you run the file. If you have doubts, right-click on the file icon and select Open to open it in Notepad t check it. Also, when you run it, you might get messages saying access denied. Ignore them and reboot after exiting the program.

That should help you fix Internet Explorer when it cannot open links. If you still face problems, check out this post or let us know in the comment section below.

NOTE: Some links on websites open pop-ups. Such links might not function if your pop-up blocker is on. Under such circumstances, IE will show a message under Address bar saying it blocked a pop-up. You can enable pop-up  for that site by clicking on the notification under address bar. When you click the link after enabling the  pop-up for the site, the issue should not arise.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN