Getting the MS Outlook Application to Start in Safe Mode

In this article we look at starting the Outlook application in safe mode, which becomes imperative when you are looking to diagnose errors.

Start Outlook in Safe Mode

If you are a regular user of MS Outlook, then you might have at least once, came across the message while starting your Outlook to start it in the Safe Mode. Well, this is asked when something is not working fine with Outlook. The best advantage of starting Outlook applications in Safe Mode is to enable it to start without some add-ins and customization files, so that your current requirement can be fulfilled in MS Outlook in the Safe Mode; this is because the most common problem affecting the normal working of Outlook is due to the customization or add-ins files. Thankfully, experts have come up with not one but many ways to start MS Outlook in Safe Mode, so that your work doesn’t get affected. In this article, you will learn how to start MS Outlook application in Safe Mode.

  1. Hold CTRL Key: The most commonly used method to start Outlook in the Safe Mode is by holding the CTRL key on the keyboard while clicking on the Outlook Shortcut appearing on the Desktop, Start Menu, Taskbar or Start Screen. Once, you do this, Outlook will automatically ask you whether you wish to start up Outlook in the Safe Mode.
  1. Shortcut Method: There is also a method to open MS Outlook in the Safe Mode by creating a shortcut for outlook.exe file. For this, you first need to find the location of the outlook.exe file on your system. In case, you are unable to locate this file, you can use OutlookTools to search for it and then once it is found, you just need to generate a shortcut for it using the safe switch, so that Outlook doesn’t open any unwanted window every time you click on that shortcut. After this, you need to do a right click on any empty space on the Desktop and pick New Shortcut Option and mention the path for outlook.exe in between quotes and then browse its location using the Browse Button. Make sure to give a space behind it and then write /safe followed by clicking on the Next Option. After this you will be required to click on Finish.
  1. Windows 10 OS: For those of you who are using Windows 10 Operating System, the method to start Outlook in Safe Mode is by going to the Search Box available on the Taskbar. There you will need to type in the exe / safe and your system will start Outlook in the Safe Mode.
  1. Windows 8 OS: Users using Windows 8 Operating System will on the other hand, need to simply start typing in the Search Box that automatically appears on the Start Screen. They will be required to type exe /safe to start MS Outlook applications in the Safe Mode. 

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