How to Start Outlook in Safe Mode Using the Outlook Shortcut

To open Outlook in safe mode, press and hold the Ctrl key, then select the Outlook shortcut. In the warning dialog box that appears, confirm that you want to open Outlook in safe mode by selecting Yes.

Screenshot of Safe Mode Confirmation window

Open Outlook in Safe Mode from the Command Line

Another way to open Outlook in safe mode is to use the command line:

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Win+R to open the Run dialog box. Or, type run in the Windows Search box and press Enter.Screenshot showing Run dialog in Windows 10
  2. In the Run dialog box, enter outlook.exe /safe and select OK.Run box in Windows
  3. In the Choose Profile window, choose the default Outlook option and select OK to open that profile.
  4. Outlook starts in safe mode.

How to Create an Outlook Safe Mode Shortcut

If you want to create a fast way to open Outlook in safe mode without going through these steps again, make an Outlook safe mode shortcut.

  1. Right-click or tap-and-hold a blank area on the desktop.
  2. Select New Shortcut.New Shortcut in Windows
  3. Type the full path to Outlook.exe, type /safe at the end of the path, then select Next.See the example in the “Command Prompt Method” section below if you need help finding the file path./safe suffix in Windows
  4. Enter a descriptive name for the shortcut, for example, Outlook Safe Mode.Name for a shortcut in Windows
  5. Select Finish to make the shortcut to Outlook in safe mode and exit the Create Shortcut window.

You can tell if Outlook is running in safe mode if the title of the program says (Safe Mode).

To disable safe mode in Outlook, double-click or double-tap the regular Outlook shortcut you always use. Safe mode isn’t enabled unless you use one of the methods described on this page.

Command Prompt Method

You need to know the full path to the Outlook.exe file before you can start Outlook in safe mode using Command Prompt. The path of the file depends on the version of Outlook and whether it’s the 32-bit or 64-bit edition.

Screenshot of Command Prompt window

If you don’t know what to type in Command Prompt, see the next section below. Otherwise, open Command Prompt and type the following command and replace this path with the one to your Outlook.exe file:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\outlook.exe” /safe

After you make the necessary changes in Outlook, close the program and reopen it with the normal shortcut you use to open Outlook. As long as you don’t open Outlook with one of the methods described above, it will always start normally (not in safe mode).


  • 32-bit: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\outlook.exe” /safe
  • 32-bit (alternative): “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\outlook.exe” /safe
  • 64-bit: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\outlook.exe” /safe
  • Click-to-Run 32-bit: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office 16\ClientX86\Root\Office16\outlook.exe” /safe
  • Click-to-Run 64-bit: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 16\ClientX64\Root\Office16\outlook.exe” /safe


  • 32-bit: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\outlook.exe” /safe
  • 64-bit: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\outlook.exe” /safe
  • Click-to-Run 32-bit: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office 15\ClientX86\Root\Office15\outlook.exe” /safe
  • Click-to-Run 64-bit: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\ClientX64\Root\Office15\outlook.exe” /safe


  • 32-bit: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe” /safe
  • 64-bit: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe” /safe
  • Click-to-Run 32-bit: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe” /safe
  • Click-to-Run 64-bit: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe” /safe

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Leave a Reply