Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Internet Explorer Issue - Nothing happens when you click a link in Internet Explorer

When you click a hyperlink on a webpage or in an email message, nothing happens. Internet Explorer does not open the webpage.

CAUSE:


This behavior may occur for one or more of the following reasons:
  • A corrupted browser choice setting may cause Windows to misinterpret which browser is set as the default browser on your computer.
  • Settings were changed after a software installation that cause webpages not to work correctly.
  • A previously installed browser or add-on may be interfering with other software on your computer.
  • Registry key were changed or became corrupted.

RESOLUTION:

Method 1: Check your default web browser setting
In Microsoft Windows, you can select which web browser to use by default. To make Internet Explorer your default web browser, follow these steps:
  1. To open Internet Explorer, click Start, and then click Internet Explorer.
  2. If you are prompted whether you want Internet Explorer to be your default browser, click Yes. This is all that you have to do.
    If a message does not appear, go to the next step.
  3. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
  4. Click the Programs tab, and then click Make default.
  5. Click OK, and then close Internet Explorer.

    Note Your changes will take effect the next time that you start Internet Explorer.
Check whether the problem is resolved. If the problem is resolved, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not resolved, try the next method.

Method 2: Change the file types that Internet Explorer opens by default

For Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Close any Internet Explorer windows that are open.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Click Programs, and then click Set your default programs.
  4. On the Programs menu, click Internet Explorer, and then click Choose defaults for this program.
  5. Make sure that the check boxes for .htm, .html, and .url are selected, and then click Save.
  6. Click OK.

    Note Your changes will take effect the next time that you start Internet Explorer.
For Windows XP
  1. To open Windows Explorer, right-click Start, and then click My Computer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the File Types tab.
  3. Locate and select the HTM file type.
  4. Make sure that Internet Explorer is selected as the Opens with program. If Internet Explorer is not selected, click Change, select Internet Explorer as the recommended program, and then click OK.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the following file types:

    HTML
    ITS
    MHT
    MTHML
    XML
    XSL
Check whether the problem is resolved. If the problem is resolved, you are finished with this article, If the problem is not resolved, go to the next method.
Although browser add-ons can improve your online experience, they can occasionally interfere or conflict with other software on your computer. However, be aware that some webpages, or Internet Explorer itself, might not be displayed correctly if an add-on is disabled. First, start Internet Explorer with add-ons temporarily disabled to see whether the problem is resolved. (Add-ons will be disabled only until you restart Internet Explorer in the usual way). To do this, follow these steps:

Method 3: Use the Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) mode


  • Click Start, type Internet Explorer in the Search box, and then click Internet Explorer (No Add-ons).

    Note For Windows XP, click Start, right-click the Internet Explorer icon, and then click Browse without add-ons.
If Internet Explorer No Add-ons resolves the problem, follow these steps to identify the browser add-on that is causing the problem:
  1. To start Internet Explorer, click Start, and then click Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Manage add-ons.
  3. Click an add-on in the Name list, and then click Disable. Test Internet Explorer.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you identify the add-on that is causing the problem.
Check whether the problem is resolved. If the problem is resolved, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not resolved, try the next method.

Method 4: Reset Internet Explorer settings

If the problem is caused by damaged or incompatible Internet Explorer settings or add-ons, you can usually resolve the problem by resetting Internet Explorer settings to their default settings.

Resetting Internet Explorer’s settings is not reversible. After a reset, all previous settings are lost and cannot be recovered. When you restore Internet Explorer’s default settings, some webpages that rely on previously stored cookies, form data, passwords, or previously installed browser add-ons might not work correctly. However, resetting Internet Explorer to its default settings does not delete your favorites, feeds, or several other personal settings.

To Reset Internet Explorer Settings, follow these steps:

  1. Close all open Internet Explorer windows.
  2. Click Start, type inetcpl.cpl in the Search box and then click inetcpl.cpl in the programs list.
    The Internet Options dialog box appears.

    Note for Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type inetcpl.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Under Reset Internet Explorer Settings, click Reset. Then click Reset again.
  5. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting the settings, click Close in the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box.
  6. Start Internet Explorer again.
    Your changes will take effect the next time you open Internet Explorer.

    Note Your changes will take effect the next time that you start Internet Explorer.

Method 5: Reregister the necessary Internet Explorer DLL files 

Note This information applies to Windows XP

To reregister the DLL files, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click cmd, and then select Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Type regsvr32 urlmon.dll in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Click OK when you receive the confirmation.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the following commands:

    regsvr32 mshtml.dll
    regsvr32 shdocvw.dll
    regsvr32 browseui.dll
    regsvr32 msjava.dll
Check whether the problem is resolved. If the problem is resolved, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, go to the next section.
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