Startup Switches

When you open Word a lot of the settings are read from the Windows Registry, including details of any built-in add-ins that are currently installed.
There are a number of command line switches that can also be used to affect the way that Word starts.
These switches can be added to the Properties of a shortcut that starts Word.

/aOpens Word without any of the Global Template and Add-ins including the Normal.dot template.
/cOpens Word and starts a NetMeeting.
/l folderpathOpens Word and loads a particular add-in.
/mOpens Word without running any AutoExec macros.
/m macronameOpens Word and runs a specific macro.
/nOpens Word without a blank document.
/n macronameOpens Word and runs the specific macro without running any AutoExec macros.
/qOpens Word without displaying the splash screen.
/rStart Word in background and re-registers it before closing.
/safeOpens Word without loading any of the Global Templates and Add-ins and without a new blank document.
/t templatenameOpens Word with a new document based on a given template.
/wOpens Word with a new blank document.

Using (Start > Run)

The easiest way to run Excel with additional switches is to use the Command Line.
All you need to do is select (Start > Run) and type the full folder path of the WinWord.exe file.
This folder path needs to be enclosed in parentheses with the corresponding startup switch added afterwards.

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Safe Mode

Press Shift at the start or use the /safe switch at the command line.
Opens Word without loading any of the Global Templates and Add-ins and without a new blank document.
Help > About Word, click the Disabled Items button to select the items you then want to enable.
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Important

Any files that are in the STARTUP directory will be opened automatically instead of the blank document.


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