Outlook:URL Protocol is Not Functional in Outlook 2007

Source: Microsoft Support

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Symptom



In Outlook 2007 you may experience the following problems related to the Outlook: URL protocol:


1.       When you click a URL on a web page you may receive the following error:


The page cannot be displayed


 


This occurs when the link is for a URL containing something containing Outlook: For example -- <A href="outlook:inbox">Outlook:inbox</A>


 


2.       When you start Outlook using Outlook:Inbox as your command-line you receive one of the following errors:


Outlook:Inbox
The parameter is incorrect.


This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this
action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel.


 


3.     When you type a URL similar to Outlook:Inbox or Outlook://Inbox in an e-mail
message or a Word document, the hyperlink is not recognized (underlined) and
treated as a hyperlink.

Cause



This problem occurs because the Outlook: URL protocol is not registered in the Windows registry by Outlook 2007. This functionality is not included with Outlook 2007. Consequently, any use of the Outlook: URL protocol does not function.

Resolution



If you want to start Outlook from a command-line and specify the active folder, use a command-line similar to the following:


 


Outlook.exe /select Outlook:Inbox


There is no workaround for either symptom 1 or symptom 3 listed above.

More Information



The Outlook: URL protocol still works in web pages you use for Folder Home Pages in Outlook. To see this work, use the following steps:


 


1.     Open Notepad.exe and enter the following text:


<HTML>
<A href=”Outlook:Inbox”>Outlook:Inbox</A>
</HTML>


 


2.     Save the file to your Desktop as Test.html.

3.     Start Outlook Create a folder under your mailbox called “Test-Outlook”.


4.     Right-click the Test-Outlook folder and click Properties.


5.     Select the Home Page tab.


6.     Click Browse.


7.     Locate and select Test.html on your Desktop and click OK.


8.     Enable the “Show home page by default for this folder” check box.


9.     Click OK in the Test-Outlook Properties dialog box.


10.  Select the Test-Outlook folder.


11.  Click the Outlook:Inbox link on the web page displayed for the folder.


Your Inbox folder should become the active folder.

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Artikel-id: 968416 - Laatst bijgewerkt: 27 feb. 2009 - Revisie: 1

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