We’re all familiar with using Safe Mode in Windows: if you’re having issues with your operating system, you can use it to stop autoexec.bat and config.sys from running, prevent device drivers from loading, force the display to load at a lower resolution, and so on.
But did you know Microsoft Office also has a Safe Mode?
It’s entirely independent of Windows Safe Mode. The two are not connected. But what is it? And how do you use it? Keep reading to find out more.
What Is Safe Mode for Microsoft Office?
In one sense, Safe Mode for Microsoft Office is similar to Windows Safe Mode. It launches a stripped-down version of Office that should stop any error from creeping in.
It’s especially useful if Office crashes every time you try and fire up any of the suite’s apps.
Using Safe Mode will prevent Office from starting any add-ins, extensions, and toolbar or command bar customizations. It will also stop any recovered documents from loading and prevent the auto-correct feature from working.
By taking these steps, the Office Safe Mode hopes to provide a way for you to locate and fix your problems.
How Do You Use Office Safe Mode?
There are two ways to launch Office apps in Safe Mode:
Use Ctrl: The simplest method is to hold Ctrl while you click on the app’s shortcut. An onscreen message will appear. Click Yes to confirm your choice and the Safe Mode app will start.
Use the Run Dialogue: You can also use the Run dialogue to launch Safe Mode. Press Win + R then type one of the following commands:
- Word: winword /safe
- Excel: excel /safe
- PowerPoint: powerpnt /safe
- Outlook: outlook /safe
Press Enter to load the associated app in Safe Mode.
Have you used Safe Mode for Microsoft Office? Did it help you fix your problems? Let us know in the comments.