Enable Links in Office Communicator

Microsoft Office Communicator does not cause URLs to be hyperlinks by default. This means you can’t click on a URL that someone sends you and go to that URL. Instead you must copy and paste it into a browser window to visit it. If you would like to enable these links, I have a little reg-hack for you.


  1. Click on Start -> Run (or just type in the box on Vista and later).
  2. Type RegEdit and click OK.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator\.
  4. Right-click in the right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Enter EnableURL for the name and press Enter.
  6. Double click the new EnableURL key, enter 1 for the value and then click OK.
  7. Close the registry editor.

Please note that you might have to restart Office Communicator for the changes to take place. If this article helped you, please leave a comment to let me know!

9 thoughts on “Enable Links in Office Communicator

      1. Amber,

        Were you able to enter the “EnableURL” registry key described in the article? Sometimes there are permissions issues that keep this from happening. Also, what version of Windows are you using? Were there any errors?


  1. i had the key under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator
    and i don’t have privleges to change the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
    And i’m getting the ugly hmtl tags in OC.

    Should i ask our Admin to change the key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE?

    1. Silver,

      Yea, it will have to be where I described since this is where the software looks for it. If you’re unable to create it, then I’d ask a local administrator to do it for you. Let me know how it goes.


  2. This worked for me but only on outgoing messages.
    I am on a windows 7 64bit machine.

    I have also tried receiving messages from another person that have done this fix. We can only click outgoing links

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