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Start Microsoft Outlook in Safe Mode with Ease!

November 18 2016 , Written by Lisa Heydon Published on #helpline number for Outlook, #customer support

Microsoft Outlook is the most widely preferred email client program across the world. It’s a very customizable and lets users adjust their preferences and install numerous add-ons that allow the user to access quickly.Though, these customizations and plug-ins may cause Outlook errors. If you can’t open Outlook or it’s not working or starting, then the best approach to try toopen it in Safe Mode or with the/safe switch. In Safe Mode, your program will start without loading any customization files and add-ons.

If Outlook works properly when you use Safe Mode, means that there is something wrong with one of your add-ons you have installed or with the customization files related to your profile. To start your Outlook program with a command line switch,you can use one of these ways cited below, which is also retrieved from experts by contacting the helpline number for Outlook.

  • Hold the Ctrl key when you open the Outlook shortcut.
  • In Windows Vista or Windows 7, enter outlook.exe/ safe in the search bar on the Start menu and hit ‘Enter.’
  • If you use Windows 8, type the outlook.exe /safe by pressing the Windows key to pulling back to the Start menu.
  • If ‘Run’ is displayed on the Start menu, click it and enter outlook.exe /safe in the bar and click ‘OK.’
  • Hold the Windows key and hit R key, and then type outlook.exe /safe in the Open box and click ‘OK.’

In most situations, you just need to enter Outlook or Outlook-.exe, but sometimes Windows can’t find the file, and you need to type the complete path of the program. Usually, the default location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX(in which XX is the version number of Office).

If the above-described path isn’t the default location, then right-click the Quick Launch icon or the program shortcut and choose the Properties section. The ‘outlook.exe’ path will be displayed in the next window. Copy and paste it into the ‘Run’ dialog box or replace it with the recycle to /safe and then press the 'Apply' button.

However, if Outlook isn’t closing correctly, navigate to the ‘Task Manager,’ and then ‘Processes’ tab and confirm it’s not working. Right-click the ‘Windows’ taskbar and choose the ‘Task Manager’ option to open it. The following safe switches collaborate with all product versions: 

  • /safe

It runs without Reading Pane, extensions, or toolbar customization and often available for all versions.

  • /safe: 1

It runs without the Reading pane and viewing email at startup. Only works with Outlook 2003/2007 versions.

  • /safe:2

It runs without extensions, but present in the Add-on Manager. It’s only compatible with Outlook 2003/2007.

  • /safe:3

It runs without loading *.fav and Outcmd.dat files. You need to use the command line and to have Outlook 2003/2007 installed. 

  • /safe:4

To use this parameter, it’s necessary to initiate Outlook to run and open the particular folder in the new window.

  • /select %folder name%

Note that when you use the last above cited instructions, it’s necessary to write the whole folder path than %foldername%.

If you’re unable to open it in Safe Mode and nothing looks to work, then it’s time to call at the Outlook customer service number and get the expert assistance. For more contact details, reach out the Contactforhelp.

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