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:
There are two basic types of options that you can define in Word. These options are as follows:
- Options that affect the way that the program operates. (The information for this kind of option is generally stored in the Microsoft Windows registry.)
- Options that affect the formatting or the appearance of one or more documents. (The information for this kind of option is stored in templates or documents.)
How to reset user options and registry settings in WordTo have us reset user options and registry settings in Microsoft Word for you, go to the "Here's an easy fix" section. If you prefer to reset user options and registry settings in Microsoft Word yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.
Here's an easy fixTo fix this problem automatically, click the Download button. In the File Download dialog box, click Run or Open, and then follow the steps in the easy fix wizard.
- This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
- If you’re not on the computer that has the problem, save the easy fix solution to a flash drive or a CD, and then run it on the computer that has the problem.
Let me fix it myself
To manually reset a registry key, you must first delete it. To do this, follow these steps.
Important Always export a registry key before you delete it. This step is important because you may have to restore the functionality that is provided by the key.
- Exit all Microsoft Office programs.
- Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
- Expand the appropriate folders to locate the registry key that you want to delete. (Refer to the "Main locations of Word settings in the Windows Registry" section.)
- Click to select the key that you want to delete.
- Use one of the following methods, as appropriate for your operating system:
- In Microsoft Windows 2000, click Export Registry File on the Registry menu, type a file name for the backup copy of the key, and then click Save.
- In Windows XP and later versions or in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and later versions, click Export on the File menu, type a file name for the backup copy of the key, and then click Save.
- Make sure that the key that you just exported is selected, and then click Delete on the Edit menu.
- When you are prompted to respond to one of the following messages, click Yes:
- Exit Registry Editor.
Article ID: 822005 - Last Review: Aug 5, 2016 - Revision: 1