How to Run Microsoft Word in Safe Mode

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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  • jeremiah

    blahhhhhhhh so stupid

  • zabiullakhan

    I am not able to open word document normally and I have unstalled MSOffice 2003 twice and reinstalled it. But I am facing same problem, can any one help to tackle this problem.

  • najwaalbury

    thanks helpful !!!!!!!!!!

  • Virendra Lehri

    Dear Sir
    I wonder if you could help me.
    I’ve created a new user account. I want to log into it to run MS Word. How do I do it?
    I’ll be highly grateful and obliged for your help@
    Virendra Lehri

    • Anonymous

      What do you want to do?
      do you want to be a administrator?

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    Thank you
    that’s really helped me

  • Jelina

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!