WD: Word for Windows Startup Switches

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The Word startup switches used at the MS-DOS prompt can also be used with the Word icon by adding switches to the command line.

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Word 7.0, 97

To start Word without opening a document, type the following:
winword.exe /n
NOTE: The /n switch may not function correctly when add-ins are loaded from the <Winword>\Startup folder (subdirectory). For example, if you install Internet Assistant, version 2.0z, for Word 7.0, Word opens document1 even when you use the /n switch. If you remove the add-ins from the <Winword>\Startup folder before you start Word with the /n switch, Word does not open a new document.

To start Word with a specific document open (where <filename> is the name of your file), type the following:
winword.exe <filename>
To start more than one document:
winword.exe <filename1> <filename2>
To start Word without running any AutoExec macros, type the following:
winword.exe /m
To start Word and run a specific macro (where <macroname> is the name of your macro), type the following:
winword.exe /m<macroname>
NOTE: There is no space between the /m and the macro name. This switch also prevents Word from running any AutoExec macros.

To start Word without any templates, add-ins, or user settings, type the following:
winword.exe /a
To start Word and load a specific Add-in:
winword.exe /l <addinpath>
To start Word and open a new document based on a specific template:
winword.exe /t<templatename>
NOTE: There is no space between the "/t" and the <templatename>. If you type a space between the "/t" and <templatename>, Word ignores the "/t" switch and opens the template directly.

To start Word, force registration, and then quit:
winword /regserver
NOTE: Use this switch when you want Microsoft Word to rewrite all of its registry keys and reassociate itself with Word files, such as documents and templates.

To start Word, force unregistration and then quit:
winword /unregserver
In Word 7.0 for Windows 95 or Word 97 for Windows, you can use a shortcut to create an icon that can include any of the above switches.

In Windows 95, you can start a Windows application from the MS-DOS window by using the Start command:
start winword.exe <document or switch>

Word 6.0

To start Word without opening a document, type the following:
win winword.exe /n
NOTE: The /n switch may not function correctly when add-ins are loaded from the <Winword>\Startup directory. For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
139941 GP Fault in Winword.exe Using /N Switch
To start Word with a specific document open, type the following:
win winword.exe <filename>
To start more than one document, type:
win winword.exe <filename1> <filename2>
where <filename> is the name of your file.

To start Word and automatically run a macro, type the following:
win winword.exe /m<macroname>
where <macroname> is the name of your macro.

NOTE: There is no space between the /m and the macro name.

To start Word without any templates or add-ins, type the following:
win winword.exe /a
To start Word and start the Quick Preview demo, type:
win winword.exe /mHelpQuickPreview
To start Word without a "Tip of the Day," type:
win winword.exe /w

Word 2.0

To start Word without opening a document, type the following:
win winword.exe /n
To start Word with a specific document open, type the following:
win winword.exe <filename>
where <filename> is the name of your file.

To start Word and automatically run a macro, type the following:
win winword.exe /m<macroname>
where <macroname> is the name of your macro.

NOTE: There is no space between the /m and the macro name.

To start Word with the Getting Started lessons running, type the following:
win winword /mhelptutorialgstart
To start Word with the Learning Word lessons running, type the following:
win winword /mhelptutoriallword

Word 1.x

To start Word without opening a document, type the following:
winword.exe /n
To start Word with a specific document open, type the following:
winword.exe <filename>
where <filename> is the name of your file.

To start Word and automatically run a macro, type the following:
winword.exe /m<macroname>
where <macroname> is the name of your macro.

NOTE: There is no space between the /m and the macro name.

To start Word with the tutorial running, type one of the following:
winword.exe /tutorial
-or-
winword.exe /t

References

"Microsoft Word Quick Results," version 6.0, page 13

"Microsoft Word Quick Results," Microsoft Office, page 18

"Microsoft Word for Windows User's Reference," version 1.0, page 337

"Microsoft Word for Windows Getting Started," version 2.0, page 14

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Article ID: 70014 - Last Review: November 16, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2.0a
  • Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0b
  • Microsoft Word 2.0c
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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