Most folks don’t even know that there is a Safe Mode option in Microsoft Office. I have to tell you that until very recently, neither did I!
Now that I am aware of this handy little “hack,” I find it extremely useful. I mostly use it when I want to take screenshots for a tutorial showing the default Word, rather than my customized screen.
But you can also use it when you are having a problem. It will disable add-ins that are acting erratically. You can also use Safe Mode to suppress any customization you have made to your version of Word.
Follow the steps below to learn how to use Safe Mode:
- Depress and hold down your CTRL key and start Word by double-clicking the button for the program.
- Keep your CTRL key depressed until the Safe Mode dialog box appears on your screen.
- To exit Safe Mode, Close Word and then re-open it as you normally would.
I think you are going to be very happy you learned about this!