I recently had a question from an administrator looking for a way to prevent users from clicking on hyperlinks in Outlook. He doesn’t care if users copy the URL and paste it into a browser, he just doesn’t want them clicking links in Outlook.
Links in the junk mail folder are unclickable, but you can’t block urls in other folders in the same manner. However, you can take advantage of a fairly common problem to make the links unusable.
While most users want to fix the "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer." error, you can force this error in Outlook (and other programs) by editing a registry key.
Browse to this key
Then rename or delete the command key and when a link is clicked in Outlook, the user will receive an error message. (You'll need to restart Outlook after setting this key, as it reads it from the registry when it starts.)
I renamed my key
If you need to fix the 'Restrictions in effect' error and solutions, see This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect at Slipstick.com
Published November 10, 2010. Last reviewed on May 20, 2016.