How to Open Outlook in Safe Mode in 3 ways (All Fixed)

Last Updated on Sep 7, 2022

Are you facing a problem? Open Outlook on startup? You should open Outlook in safe mode. You must know the safe mode if you already use Microsoft products.

Many times, the user faces a problem while opening Outlook at startup due to Microsoft updates or third-party Outlook add-ins, then outlook safe comes to the rescue. Outlook safe mode eliminates add-ins that are causing trouble in loading the outlook app.

Once Outlook starts in safe mode, you find that most of your issues get fixed.

If you don’t know how to run Outlook in safe mode? Then please go through the whole article to understand how to launch Outlook safe mode.

There are various methods to Outlook start safe mode.

Method 1: Open Outlook in safe mode using Run Dialog

Here are the steps for opening outlook in safe mode via Run

Step 1→ Press the windows + R key at a time to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2→ Type outlook.exe /safe in the text box. 

Step 3→ Click Ok.

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open-outlook-safe-mode-run-command

Step 4→ Prompt box asking you to choose the profile. Select default outlook profile.

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choose-profile-to-open-outlook-in-safe-mode-using-run

Step 5→ Click ok to run Outlook in safe mode.

Method 2: start Outlook in safe mode using the CTRL key

Follow these steps for starting Outlook in safe mode via the ctrl key.

Step 1→ Press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click on the outlook shortcut on the Start Screen, Start Menu Desktop, or Taskbar.

(or)

Search Outlook and Find the app in Start menu.

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open-outlook-from-control-center

Step 2→ Confirmation box with the message “You’re holding down the CTRL key. Do you want to start Outlook in safe mode?”

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holding-down-control-to-open-outlook-in-safe-mode

Click yes to continue.

Step 3→ Prompt box asking you to choose the profile. Select default outlook profile.

Step 5→ Click ok to open outlook safe mode.

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choose-outlook-profile-and-open-in-safe-mode

To run outlook safe mode via command prompt, follow the below-mentioned steps.

Method 3: Open Outlook in safe mode using the Command prompt

Step 1→ Writ cmd in the search box, and you will see a command prompt shortcut; click on it to open a command prompt.

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open-command-prompt-to-open-outlook-is-safe-mode

An alternative way to open a command prompt is to type cmd in the run dialogue and click ok.

Step 2→ Type the path of your Outlook executable file (i.e., outlook.exe) in the command prompt.

The path of the outlook exe file depends upon the version of your Outlook.

Ensure that path is in double quotes. 

The path for the location of the outlook 365 exe file is

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\Outlook.exe"

Step 3→ Now Press Spacebar once and type forward slash “/” followed boutlook command line switches safe, at last, press Enter.

The Final path, for example, for outlook 365, which you must write in the command prompt, looks like the one written below.

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\Outlook.exe" /safe
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command-line-to-open-outlook-in-safe-mode-using-command

Step 4→ Prompt box asking you to choose the profile. Select default outlook profile.

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open-outlook-in-safe-mode-using-command-line

Step 5→ Click ok to launch Outlook in safe mode.

With the steps mentioned above, your Outlook will open in safe mode.

Method 4: open outlook in safe mode using the outlook shortcut

You can easily open Outlook in safe mode using the outlook shortcut, but first, you must find outlook exe location. 

For Windows 32-bit version

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office <office version number>

For Windows 64-bit version

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office office version number>

For the Microsoft office 365 version

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\

Once you know the location of the outlook exe file, we can create a shortcut using outlook.exe and /safe switch. 

Therefore, you need not go through multiple windows or type the outlook safe mode command each time; instead, you need to click on the outlook safe mode shortcut.

Here are the steps on how to add outlook shortcut to desktop

Step 1→ Right click on empty space of desktop on your pc

Step 2→Go to New, then click on the shortcut.

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add-outlook-shortcut-to-desktop-windows

Step 3→Type the location of the outlook.exe file in the box or browse for the location by clicking the browse button.

Step 4→ Press the spacebar once followed by /safe at the end of the outlook exe file location.

For example, the final path to creating an outlook safe mode shortcut for the office 365 version will look like this.

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\Outlook.exe" /safe
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open-outlook-app-shortcut-in-safe-mode

Step 5→ Select Next.

Step 6→ Enter the name for the outlook shortcut and Click Finish.

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give-outlook-shortcut-name-with-safe-mode-option

Shortcut is added to Open outlook in safe mode always,

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last-to-show-outlook-shortcut

The above steps will add the outlook shortcut to the desktop. You need to press the outlook shortcut to launch Outlook in safe mode.

FAQS

Q1. How do I start Outlook in safe mode with a command prompt?

If you are having issues with an opening outlook on startup, in that case, you can start outlook safemode via command prompt using the safe mode command.

You must use /safe switch out of various Outlook switches to run safemode Outlook via command prompt.

To run Outlook in safe mode via command prompt, follow the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1→ Type cmd in the search box, and you will see a command prompt shortcut; click on it to open a command prompt.

Step 2→ Type the path of your Outlook executable file (i.e., outlook.exe) in the command prompt.

The path of the outlook exe file depends upon the version of your Outlook.

Ensure that path is in double quotes. 

The path for the location of the outlook 365 exe file is

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\Outlook.exe"

Step 3→ Now Press Spacebar once and type forward slash “/” followed boutlook command line switches safe, at last, press Enter.

The Final path, which you must write in the command prompt, looks like the one below.

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\Outlook.exe" /safe

Step 4→ Prompt box asking you to choose the profile. Select default outlook profile.

Step 5→ Click ok to launch Outlook in safe mode.

With the above steps, your Outlook opens in safe mode only.

Q2. How do I run a repair on Office 365?

You can run a repair on office 365 for windows 11 with the steps below

Step 1→ Select  start menu and click on settings gear or type settings in the search box.

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open-settings-in-windows-11-to-repair-outlook

Step 2→ Click on the Apps from the left side and click on Apps and features.

It will display a list of installed apps.

Step 3→ Scroll to Microsoft 365 and click on three horizontal dots.

Step 4→ Now select Modify.

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modify-repair-outlook-in-windows-11

Step 5→ User Account Control Prompt Click on Yes to continue.

Step 6→ Choose from options Quick Repair (without internet) or Online Repair (with internet) and select the Repair button to proceed.

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repair-outlook-on-windows

Quick Repair is a fast process, while Online Repair takes time because it reinstalls Office 365.

Step 7→ Follow the repair wizard to complete the Repair and restart your pc.

Q3. How do I repair my Office?

We have already mentioned steps to repair office 365 in answer to question 2.

Here are the steps for Microsoft office 13 on windows 11

  • Go to Start Menu > Select Settings >Apps > Apps and features > Select Microsoft office > select Modify > Choose Repair

Now follow the wizard to complete the repair office.

Q4. How do I repair Outlook?

If your Outlook is facing issues, then you need to repair the Outlook profile; else, you should repair Microsoft office as Outlook is a product of Ms office.

(A) Repair Outlook Profile

Repair your outlook profile with the following steps

Step 1→ Open the Outlook app and Go to File.

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file-menu-in-outlook-to-repair-account

Step 2→ Select Account settings again and click on account settings.

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account-settings-in-outlook-to-repair-account

Step 3→ Select Email tab of the account setting dialog box.

Step 4→ Select Profile to repair and click on the Repair button.

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repair-outlook-account-in-outlook-app

(Note: Repair option is not available for Microsoft Exchange accounts (e.g., abc@outlook.com)

Step 5→ Follow the instruction to complete the repair wizard.

Step 6→ Restart the Outlook app.

(B) Repair Microsoft Office

We have already mentioned steps to repair office 365 in answer to question 2.

Here are the steps for Microsoft office 13 on windows 11

  • Go to Start Menu > Select Settings >Apps > Apps and features > Select Microsoft office > select Modify > Choose Repair

Now follow the wizard to complete the repair office.

Q5. How do I repair a corrupted Outlook File?

To repair outlook data files, follow these steps.

Step 1→ First of all, Exit Outlook.

Step 2→ If you don’t have SCANPST.EXE ( Inbox Repair Tool ), download and open it.

Step 3→ click on browse and locate your.pst file to repair.

Step 4→ Select start to scan file.

Step 5→ If the scan finds errors, then select the Repair

Step 6→ once repair is done, restart Outlook.

Q6. Why my Microsoft Outlook Cannot open?

There are various reasons not to open Microsoft outlook properly or not at allSome reasons are Outlook profile getting corrupted, issues with add-ins or extensions, damaged files, new programs that conflict with Outlook, viruses, etc.

Q7. What is Safe Mode good for?

You might be wondering, What is this safe mode? Or What is safe mode in computer? Then here is the answer.

Suppose your application is facing severe issues due to various reasons. Some of them are viruses/malware, conflicting apps, problematic add inns, etc., then you must use safe mode for your application to fix the issue.

Safe mode for application is the best and easiest way to troubleshoot issues regarding applications. In addition, safe mode generally works without trouble causing drivers or software or add inns.

Q8. Why can’t my Outlook connect to the server?

There are no single but multiple reasons why your Outlook can’t connect to the server. Here are some of them listed below.

A) Issue with Connectivity

B) Corrupt or damage OST file (.ost file) 

(Note: OST stands for offline storage table file. For example, an outlook account uses a .ost file to store a synchronized copy of your mailbox information on your computer.)

C) Error during OST synchronization

D)Corrupt Outlook data file or damaged Microsoft Office

E) Conflicting or incompatible add-ins

F) Damage outlook profile

G) Delete or disable mailbox from the Microsoft exchange server

Q9. Why does my Outlook keep not responding?

There are numerous reasons for your Outlook not responding.

Here is the list of reasons for Outlook not responding.

a) Issues with the add-ins

b) Not installed the latest outlook updates

c) Antivirus is conflicting with Outlook or not updated

d) Corrupted Outlook data files (.pst files)

e) Issues related to profile like a corrupt profile

f) Due to malware or viruses

g) Over flooded mailbox

h) If another process uses Outlook

I) Outlook loading external content like Images, animations, or hyperlinks.

You can fix this issue by starting Outlook in safe mode, disabling conflicting add-ins, updating outlook and antivirus software, removing and installing new antivirus, repairing outlook data files, removing and adding a new outlook profile, using a folder to manage mailbox, etc.

Q10. What is difference with Windows Safe Mode and normal mode?

In normal mode, when you start your windows pc, it loads all the resources, including third-party software or add-ins; sometimes, this may cause issues in the system.

While safe mode load with a minimum default set of files and programs, barring trouble causing programs or files. Therefore, safe mode is used to fix the issue with windows.

Q12. How do I start my computer in Safe Mode with networking?

Follow the steps to start windows 10 computers in safe mode.

Step 1→ Hit the Windows key on your keyboard.

Step 2→ Click on the Power button at the bottom right.

Step 3→Press and hold the Shift key on the keyboard and click restart.

Step 4→Windows reboot and prompt with a few different options.

Step 5→Select Troubleshoot.

Step 6→Now choose Advance options and startup settings, respectively.

Step 7→Select Restart.

Windows prompt with different startup options

Step 8→ Choose Safe Mode with Networking and hit the Enter key.

Q13. What does Safe Mode do Windows 10?

Safe mode will open windows 10 with basic drivers and a limited set of files to resolve issues created due to unwanted drivers, files, or add-ins.

The primary purpose of the safe mode is to troubleshoot problems and run windows 10 in a safe environment. 

Q14. how do I start Outlook in safe mode 

 You can open Outlook in safe mode using different methods. Some of the Outlook open safe mode Methods are listed below.

A) Via Run dialog

B) Via Command Prompt

C) Via Ctrl key

D) Via Outlook safe mode shortcut

To know detailed steps about each method, refer to the above article in which we have discussed each of them in detail.

Q15. How do I turn off safe mode permanently

Turn off safe mode in the outlook app

You can turn off safe mode in Outlook by restarting Outlook as usual.

Turn off safe mode permanently in the windows.

If you want to permanently turn off safe mode in windows, then we assume that you have safe mode windows.

You need to click on the Power button and then select restart. Your computer will reboot to normal mode. That’s it; you are done.

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