How to Start Outlook in Safe mode

“When something isn’t working right, Go Left” they say.

Jokes apart, if we talk in technical reference the “left” in this scenario is the Safe mode. Switching into safe mode solves almost half our technical troubles. The same goes for Outlook as well, as whenever Outlook fails to load we recommend users to switch to Safe mode.

Hence, this article will provide a step by step illustration on how to start Outlook in safe mode for various Windows versions:

Start Outlook in Safe mode Using Control Key (All versions)

The big advantage about this method is that it is supported by all versions of Windows and Outlook as well. You simply need to hold down the Control button on your keyboard while clicking the Outlook icon on desktop. As soon as you press the control key Outlook will automatically detect and will prompt a confirmation message like this.

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Start Outlook in Safe mode on Windows 10

In windows 10 tap the search box on taskbar and type “Outlook.exe/safe”

Start Outlook in Safe mode on Windows 8

The method of switching to safe mode for Windows 8 stays more or less the same as Windows 7. Open the start screen, type “outlook.exe/safe” and hit enter.


Start Outlook in Safe mode on Windows 7 or vista

If you are using windows 7 or Vista, then you simply need to open the start menu and type “outlook.exe/safe” to enter Outlook’s safe mode.


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How to create a shortcut for accessing safe mode?

You can also create desktop shortcut for directly switching on to safe mode. Here are the quick steps:

  1. First, you need to determine the location of the outlook.exe file. Most probably you’ll find it under- C: Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office
  2. Once you find the file, we need to create the safe mode switch for executable file so as to prevent the heavy loaded typing each time you want to access safe mode.
  3. Right click on the empty space of your desktop and select “New shortcut” from the context menu.
  4. Browse to the path of outlook.exe file’s location.
  5. Give an extra space before “ /safe”. The path should moreover be like C: Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\outlook.exe” \safe
  6. Click next and name the shortcut for future accessibility.
  7. Tap on finish.

We hope this article helps you to switch Outlook on safe mode!

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