Word starting to wobble? Excel eating itself? PowerPoint playing up? If you’re having trouble with your Office apps, then launch them in a special stripped-down Safe Mode. Like Windows Safe Mode, it loads the software in its most basic configuration, enabling you to troubleshoot issues and hopefully identify what’s causing your problems. Here’s how it’s done.
Once you know the trick, it’s easy to remember. Hold down the Ctrl key when you double-click the Office shortcut or click the tile in the Start menu. Say Yes to the dialog box that appears and you’re good to go—the application launches without any add-ins and without any customisation you’ve added. If it works fine, you know one of those add-ins or your customisation is at fault.