Internet Shortcuts Open Print Dialog; Web Document Tab Missing

When you right-click an internet shortcut (.URL file), the “Print” command is the default (shown in bold letters) action. As a result, double-clicking on internet shortcuts will open the Print dialog.

print option is default in .url right-click menu

And, the Web document tab may be missing in the property sheet for Internet Shortcut (.URL) files.

web document tab missing url properties

Additionally, the shortcut icon overlay for .url files may be missing. That’s another indication that file association settings for .URL are incorrect.

Another symptom is that the .URL files show up with a generic white icon instead of the browser icon.

url files blank generic white icon

Resetting the default browser or changing the default browser (e.g., from Chrome to Firefox/others or vice versa) using Default Apps or Default Programs does not fix the issue.

Solution

The above issues can occur if the .URL files are associated incorrectly using the Open with dialog, or a GUID is accidentally deleted or blocked in the registry.



Use the registry fix below to resolve the problem in any version of Windows, including Windows 10 or 11.

  1. Copy the following lines to Notepad.
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    ;Restores missing "Web document" tab for internet shortcuts.
    ;Fixes the URL file context menu where Print was the default option.
    ;Created by Ramesh Srinivasan
    ;Website: https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/
    ;Created on May 07, 2004
    ;Updated on Jul 26, 2022
    ;For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, and Vista.
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.url]
    @="InternetShortcut"
    "IsShortcut"=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\Open]
    "CLSID"="{FBF23B40-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}"
    "LegacyDisable"=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\Open\Command]
    @="\"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\rundll32.exe\" \"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\ieframe.dll\",OpenURL %l"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{FBF23B40-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}]
    @=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{FBF23B40-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}]
    @=""
    
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.url]
    
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Roaming\OpenWith\FileExts\.url]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
    "{FBF23B40-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}"=-
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
    "{FBF23B40-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}"=-
  2. Save the file with a .reg extension — e.g., webdoctab.reg
  3. Double-click the registry file to apply the settings to the registry. Click Yes when asked for confirmation.
  4. Next, open Default Apps or Default Programs and set the default browser.
  5. Log off and log back in (or restart Explorer) for the change to take effect.

The Web Document tab should now be available in properties sheet.

web document tab missing url properties

And, the .URL file type icon and the .URL overlay (shortcut icon) should have been restored.

url files blank generic white icon - fixed

And, of course, the above registry fix should resolve the original issue (“Print” command being the default right-click option) as well.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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