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Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry


This article describes how to force Microsoft Office Word 2007 or Microsoft Office Word 2010 to always start in safe mode regardless of how a user starts Word.

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Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

2007 and 2010 Microsoft Office programs have two safe modes that let you use a 2007 or 2010 Office program that has encountered problems. The following table describes the two types of safe modes.

Safe mode


Automated safe mode

When you start a program and a problem is detected, the program goes into this mode. The problem is fixed or isolated. The program can start successfully.

User-initiated safe mode

You can start a program in this mode to try to resolve certain problems.

Forcing Word 2007 or Word 2010 to start in safe mode can be useful when you want to troubleshoot security-related issues. To force Word 2007 or Word 2010 to start in safe mode, update the registry. To do this, follow these steps as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running:

  1. Copy the following text into Notepad, and then save the file as EnableSafeMode.reg.

    Word 2007

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    Word 2010

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

  2. Double-click EnableSafeMode.reg. The file contents merge into the registry.

  3. Restart the computer.


For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

924687 How to force the Word e-mail editor in Outlook 2007 to start in safe mode

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