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Starting Microsoft Word In Safe Mode Mac

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Safe Mode in Word 2016 works similarly to Startup mode and may provide an answer to a problem you’re experiencing in Word. The difference is that Word starts without add-ons, modifications, or custom settings. What you get is the “raw” version of Word with no frills.

The easiest way to do it is hold down the Ctrl key and click the Office application that’s giving you problems. Then you’ll see the following message – click Yes. Or if you want to avoid the. Jun 01, 2017 When you boot in Safe Mode, your Mac will check its startup volume, only load necessary kernel extensions, and disable third-party fonts and startup options. It’s like Safe Mode on Windows—it won’t load third-party hardware drivers or startup programs, so you can use this mode to fix problems if your Mac isn’t working or booting properly. To load your Mac in Safe Mode, press and hold the Shift key while it boots.

Follow these steps to start Word in Safe Mode:

  1. Ensure that Word is closed.
  2. Press the Win+R keyboard shortcut.
  3. Type WINWORD /SAFE into the Run dialog box.
  4. Click OK.
    Word starts, perhaps even filling the entire screen. The window title reads “Microsoft Word (Safe Mode).” A dialog box appears, explaining what you might do next.
  5. Click the Accept button, if prompted.
  6. Attempt to replicate the problem in Word.
    Do whatever you did before to see whether the issue arises. If so, the problem is with either the Normal template or an add-on.
  7. Quit Word when you’re done troubleshooting.

Do not attempt to create or edit any documents while running Word in Safe Mode. You can poke around, but keep in mind that Safe Mode is for troubleshooting and not for creating or editing documents.

If the problem isn’t resolved in Safe Mode, something else is at fault. You may have a PC hardware issue, a problem with Windows, malware, or any of a number of meddlesome issues. Check elsewhere in this chapter for information on troubleshooting document problems as well as using the Office Repair utility.

You can also start Word in Safe Mode by pressing and holding the Ctrl key as Word starts.

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Note

Office 365 ProPlus is being renamed to Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. For more information about this change, read this blog post.

Summary

This article describes how to prevent files from automatically opening when you start Microsoft Excel.

More information

When you start Excel, all the files that are located in the XLStart folder are automatically opened. This behavior occurs regardless of the kind of file. Additionally, if you specified an alternative startup folder for Excel, every file in that folder is also automatically opened.To remove an alternative startup folder:

  1. Select the File menu and then select Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab and then locate the General section.
  3. Clear the box next to 'At startup, open all files in:'.

Excel might stop responding or take longer to start if either of the following conditions is true:

  • The files in either startup folder aren't valid Excel workbooks or worksheets.
  • The files are stored on a network drive that has a slow network connection.

How to prevent files from automatically opening in Excel

Use one of the following methods to prevent files from automatically opening when you start Excel.

Remove files from the XLStart folder and the alternative startup folders

To remove files from the XLStart folder and the alternative startup folders, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start, and then select Run.

  2. In the Open box, type one of the following and press Enter:

    • For Office365 or 2019 32 bit:

      C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficerootxxXLSTART

    • For Office365 or 2019 64 bit:

      C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficerootxxXLSTART

      Where 'xx' represents the version that you are using (for example, Office15, Office14, etc.).

    Also try the following:

    • %appdata%MicrosoftexcelXLSTART
    • C:UsersUserNameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftexcelXLSTART
  3. Delete any files in the XLStart folder or move them to another folder.

  4. Restart Excel.

Start Excel in safe mode

Note

This is only a temporary solution that will not fix the issue. To use this method, it must be done every time that you start Excel.

Another method for preventing files from automatically opening is to start Excel in safe mode. Starting Excel in safe mode prevents all Excel add-ins, toolbar customizations, and startup folders from loading when the program is started.

There are two ways to start Excel in safe mode: the CTRL key and command-line switches.

Using the CTRL key

To start Excel in safe mode, hold down the CTRL key while you start Excel. You will receive the following message: Excel has detected that you are holding down the CTRL key. Do you want to start Excel in Safe mode? Select Yes to start in safe mode.

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You can then delete files from the alternative startup location as described earlier.

Use Command-line switches

In all versions of Excel, you can use a command-line switch to start Excel in safe mode.Both the /safe switch and the /automation switch can be used for this purpose.

Note

The /safe switch starts Excel in safe mode. The /automation switch disables all automatically opened files and auto-run macros.

Exit Safe Mode Mac

To use a command-line switch to start Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start, and then select Run.

  2. In the Open box, type either of the following lines (but not both):

    excel.exe /safe

    excel.exe /automation

  3. Select OK.

Note

If Microsoft Windows Installer starts when you use one of these command-lines switches, clickCancel to finish starting Excel.

Press the ESCAPE key

Note

This is only a temporary solution that will not fix the issue. To use this method, it must be done every time that you start Excel.

Another method for preventing files from automatically opening is to press the ESCAPE key (but do not press and hold). When you press ESCAPE after the files start to open, Excel is prevented from opening additional files.

Using this method, you may receive one or both of the following messages:

  • Would you like to cancel opening all files from your Alternate Startup File Location?
  • Would you like to cancel opening all files from your XLStart Location?

If you click Yes in either message, Excel starts without opening any additional files from the startup locations.

Note

Do not hold the ESCAPE key. If you do this, the messages will be closed before you can click Yes.

References

Microsoft Word Safe Mode

For more information about Excel startup folders, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles: