Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] Well I'm hoping you'll never need to use this week's Word Tip, but on that rare occasion when Microsoft Word becomes unstable and you're unable to launch it and access the document you need to work on, this tip may come in handy. It allows you to launch Microsoft Word in safe mode, similar to what you might do with Windows when it becomes unstable. It launches Word without the add-ins which often cause problems. This is how we do it. First of all, with Word closed here in Windows, we're going to go to the keyboard and use a keyboard shortcut, the Windows Key plus the letter r as in run.
Give it a tap. This is going to launch the run dialog. You'll see the last command you used here in the Open field, and what you want to do is type over whatever's there the following command: winword, a space, the slash, another space and then the word safe. Winword space slash space safe is the command that's going to launch Microsoft Word without the add-ins, in other words in safe mode. So click OK, and it looks like Word is launching like it normally does, but you might see this error saying Word wasn't able to find a document named safe.doc.
That's okay, we didn't have any such file open. Click OK and you're now in Word, working on a new blank document. Now you can try opening up that file that was giving you problems perhaps. I'm going to go to the open button here. You can go to File and Open and there's a file in your exercise files called Landon Sales Cycle 045. Go ahead and open that one up, or open up any of your own documents. You'll see you have Microsoft Word and all of its commands here at your fingertips.
So you can at least get at the document, make adjustments, save it, maybe save it to a different location, so you know that you at least have your document while you try to figure out what's going on with Microsoft Word. Now you're in safe mode, but you can close it up, just like you normally would. Go up to the top right corner, click the close button to close it up, and you're back to Windows. Now you can try launching Word normally and see if you still have that issue. If you do, and something needs to be fixed, you at least have safe mode if you need to get at your documents.
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