How to Run Microsoft Word in Safe Mode

Posted May 27, 2006 by MickeyMouse in Microsoft Word

Recently, a worm has been found to execute through Word. Until it is patched, it is recommended that Word should be run in safe mode. Actually, safe mode is quicker to load for most people as well.


I have numerous Word add-ons for various tasks. Running word in safe mode prevents all the extras from loading. Word itself still runs fine.

Due to a recent worm/virus/trojan, some experts are suggesting that Word be run in safe mode. Here is how to do it.

Run word in safe mode:

1. Click Start.
2. Click Run.
3. In the run box, type winword /safe.
4. Click OK, or press Enter.
5. Word will open with (Safe Mode) in the title bar.

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