You could have run into a bug that prevents you from clicking links in Microsoft Outlook. This error varies depending on the version of Outlook you are using, but the basic issue is the same. Due to the fact that many Windows users began experiencing this difficulty anytime they attempted to open a hyperlink from within their Outlook software, this problem has been addressed multiple times on the Microsoft website.

The error message “This operation has been terminated owing to restrictions in effect on this machine” may appear on Outlook versions 2007 and 2010. To speak with your system administrator, please

Organization's Policies are Preventing Outlook

However, if you frequently use Outlook 2013 and 2016, you may encounter an error message that reads, “Your organization’s policies are preventing us from completing this activity for you. Please contact your help desk for further information.

Why won’t hyperlinks open in Microsoft Outlook?

Outlook may have stopped opening hyperlinks from within for a number of reasons. One of them relates to your computer’s default internet browser, which you may have set to one of the other installed third-party browsers, such as Google Chrome or Firefox. If you didn’t do it directly, it may have happened silently as a result of many add-ins that switch the default browser to a different one.

How Can I Fix Outlook Hyperlinks That Won’t Open?

You can try the options listed below to resolve this issue and see if they work for you.

Solution 1: Setting Internet Explorer and Outlook as Default Programs.

You must make Internet Explorer your default programme for opening links in order to resolve this issue. On the other side, you must make MS Outlook the default application for all email-related services. Simply follow these instructions to do so. Almost all Windows versions require the same procedure to be followed.

  1. Select Set your default programmes under Control Panel > Default Programs.
  2. Select Internet Explorer as your default online browser and Outlook as your default email client in the following box.
  3. Restart MS Outlook and see if the hyperlink works after that. If not, move on to the following option.

Solution 2: Resetting Internet Explorer’s settings.

After trying the aforementioned method and the issue with Outlook still exists, you must reset Internet Explorer’s settings.

  1. Access Control Panel and click Internet Options. Additionally, you can choose Internet Options by clicking on the gear symbol in the top right corner of Internet Explorer.
  2. Select the Advanced tab in the Internet Options/Internet Properties box, then click the Reset and OK buttons as seen in the image below.
  3. Tick the Delete Personal Settings checkbox on the Reset Internet Explorer Settings window and click Reset. Set Internet Explorer and Outlook as your default programmes as shown above after the operation is finished, then restart Internet Explorer. To see if the issue has been fixed, check Outlook.

Solution 3: Checking for Registry Keys in Registry Editor.

Users can alter the Windows registry using the graphical programme known as Registry Editor.

  1. In Windows 8 and 10, start the registry editor by typing regedit into the search box. When using Windows 7, you can accomplish this by selecting Start > Run, type regedit, and then pressing the Enter key.
  2. Open registry editor, locate the.html key in the HKEY CLASSES ROOT location, click on it, and look for (Default) If it is empty or devoid of any information, then it probably contains a loophole.
  3. Double-click on (Default) and choose htmlfile as the Value Data (case-sensitive). Click OK, then restart your computer. Verify Outlook to see if it opens links without any issues.

Solution 4: Utilizing the Microsoft Easy Fix Tool is. (Windows 7 & Earlier Versions only)

Users using Windows 7 or earlier versions should use this fix. Get the Easy Fix Tool now. I Agree checkbox and Next button should be repeatedly clicked. The issue would be automatically resolved. Repeat the search for the Outlook. It might have been resolved, I hope.