Simple Ways to Open Outlook in Safe Mode

Written by William

Are you looking for a solution to open Outlook in safe mode? If yes, then you are on the page. When MS Outlook isn’t working in the right manner we often tell users to start Outlook in safe mode. Doing this will start Outlook without many of the customization files and add-ins loaded. If Outlook works correctly in Safe mode, then the problem is with your add-ins or customization files.

What Is Safe Mode In Outlook?

Safe mode could be defined as a start-up operation mode for Operating System execution and is also available for the Windows system or the software associated with it. Besides this, it is also available for the Outlook application and other Office suite applications. Safe mode allows applications to get recovered automatically resisting errors that occur while startup. And these errors include issues with certain add-in or damages in the registry settings. It will allow MS Outlook to detect issues and try to identify the root cause for offering a solution or will avoid it completely.

Methods to Start Outlook in Safe Mode

Method 1: Using the Outlook Shortcut

To open MS Outlook in safe mode, just press and hold the Ctrl key, then select the Outlook shortcut. A warning dialog box will appear, confirm that you want to open Outlook in safe mode by clicking on the Yes button.

This method is effective in all versions of Windows and for all versions of Microsoft Outlook.

Method 2: Open Outlook in Safe Mode from the Command Line

Another way to open Outlook in safe mode is to make use of the command line. Just follow the given below steps:

  1. Firstly, select the keyboard shortcut Win+R to open the Run dialog box. Or, you need to type run in the Windows Search box and hit Enter.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type outlook.exe /safe and click on the OK button.
  3. Then, in the Choose Profile window, select the default Outlook option and click OK to open that profile.
  4. Now, Outlook will start in safe mode.

Apart from using the Run command, there are also several other ways to start Outlook in Safe Mode like:

Method 3: Windows Vista and Windows 7

If you are a Windows Vista or Windows 7 user, then there is a Search box in the Start Menu. Here, you need to type outlook.exe /safe

Method 4: Windows 8

If you are using Windows 8, then the search box will automatically show when you start typing. So, open the Start Screen and enter outlook.exe /safe

Method 5: Windows 10

If you are a Windows 10 user, there is a search box on the Taskbar by default. But if you have set to hide this, it will automatically appear when you start typing after opening the Start Menu. Here you have to type outlook.exe /safe

Method 6: Command Prompt Method

You must know the full path to the Outlook.exe file before starting Outlook in safe mode using Command Prompt. The path of the file depends on the version of Outlook and whether it’s the 32-bit or 64-bit edition.

Just open a Command Prompt and type the following command and replace this path with the one to your Outlook.exe file:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\outlook.exe” /safe

Once you’ve done the necessary changes in Outlook, close the program and reopen it with the normal shortcut you use to open MS Outlook. If you don’t open Outlook with one of the methods described above, it will always start normally but not in safe mode.

How to Create an Outlook Safe Mode Shortcut

If you are willing to create a fast way to open MS Outlook in safe mode without going through these steps, then you can make an Outlook safe mode shortcut. Follow the steps:

  1. Firstly, right-click or tap-and-hold a blank area on the desktop.
  2. Then, select New > Shortcut.
  3. After that, type the full path to Outlook.exe and use the “/safe” switch at the end, then click Next.
  4. Now, you have to enter a descriptive name for the shortcut such as Outlook Safe Mode.
  5. Click Finish to make a shortcut to Outlook in safe mode and exit the Create Shortcut window.

You can figure out if Outlook is running in safe mode if the title of the program says (Safe Mode).

Bottom Lines

The above blog is describing the multiple ways to open Outlook in safe mode. I have described each and every method in detail. Sometimes, this issue occurs because of the add-ins so you just need to disable those first. Then, you can apply the methods mentioned above. I hope it helps.

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