If you have ABBYY FineReader installed, you may receive one of the following errors while either starting or using an Office program:
Microsoft Excel 2013 has stopped working
Microsoft Outlook 2013 has stopped working
Microsoft Word 2013 has stopped working
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 has stopped working
Microsoft Publisher 2013 has stopped working
You might also see this error when you try to start Microsoft Outlook:
Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window.
You might be seeing the above error messages because the version of the ABBYY FineReader add-in is outdated.
To determine if you are experiencing this issue, disable the add-in by running your Office program in Safe mode:
Starting an Office application in the Safe mode
Exit any running Office programs.
Open the Run dialog box. To do this, use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for your version of Windows.
Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8: Press Windows Key + R.
Windows 7: Click Start, type Run in the search box, and then click the Run program that appears in the search results.
In the Run dialog box, type one of the following commands:
Type excel /safe and press Enter to start Excel
Type outlook /safe and press Enter to start Outlook
Type winword /safe and press Enter to start Word
Type powerpnt /safe and press Enter to start PowerPoint
Type mspub /safe and press Enter to start Publisher
If the Office program runs normally, continue on to the next section: Disabling the ABBYY FineReader add-in". If the Office application doesn’t start in Safe Mode, the add-in is not causing a problem.
Disabling the ABBYY FineReader add-in
Keep the Office application running in the Safe Mode.
Click File > Options > Add-Ins.
Next to the Manage list, click Go.
Uncheck the ABBYY FineReader add-in and click OK.
Restart the application (not in Safe Mode this time).
If the Office application starts, the add-in is causing the problem. Visit the ABBYY FineReader website to find out if there’s an updated version you can install. If there isn’t a newer version or if you don’t need to use the add-in you can leave it unchecked or remove it from your PC.
If the Office application doesn’t start, the problem isn’t related to the add-in. Go to the Need more help? section to learn about other reasons why this may happen.
Advanced Registry editing for Abby FineReader
If the FineReader add-in is causing an Office program to crash, you may see an event in the Application log that has the following parameters:
Note: Even if you do not see one of these events, you may still encounter crashes because of this add-in
Important Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.
How to edit the Registry for Abby FineReader
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 the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
Exit any running Office programs.
Start Registry Editor. To do this, use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for your version of Windows.
Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8: Press Windows Key + R to open a Run dialog box. Type regedit.exe and then press OK.
Windows 7: Click Start, type regedit.exe in the search box, and then press Enter.
Locate and then select the following key that matches the Office program that is crashing. See Key List below:
Expand the \Addins subkey to display all of the add-ins registered at the Machine level.
If listed, select the subkey for the FineReader add-in. See Subkey list below:
FineReader version 11
FineReader version 10
FineReader version 9
Right-click the LoadBehavior value and then click Modify.
Change the Value data to 2, and then click OK.
Close Registry Editor.
Start your Office program that was crashing to determine if the registry change has improved the stability of the program.
If the crashing problem has stopped, we recommend you visit the ABBYY FineReader website. There may be a product update available that eliminates this incompatibility.
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