How to Troubleshoot Microsoft Word Problems When You Start or Use?

Microsoft Word is the most used content (text, images, charts, etc.) editor in the world and it is widely used to create formatted text and other materials based pages. 

But sometimes there are many errors that occur while you are using or starting the word program. It is not necessary that everyone would encounter these errors if you have then follow along. In this article, we are going to look at how you can troubleshoot Microsoft word problems that occur when you start or use it.

We are listing a few methods to get rid of the problems and you should follow them in the order they are listed. If one method is not working for you then you should head to the next one and keep trying until you succeed with one. If you don’t succeed and unable to resolve your problems then you might have to contact the Microsoft Support Phone Number.


First, you need to download the updates for Windows and set it to download the updates automatically. Microsoft constantly updates its operating system to remove the bugs if there is any. So, it might be possible that after an update your word is starting to open normally and you don’t have to do anything.

Start your word program by using /a switch

If you use this tool then it will determine if there is a problem in the word or not. This /a switch prevents any add-ins from loading and it also locks the settings file to prevent it from being accessed. 

To start the word /a switch you can do this:

  • Open Run
  • Type command ‘winword /a’ in Run and hit ‘Enter’.

Delete word data registry subkey

The recent word options are stored in the word data registry subkey, you can go ahead delete the subkey to see if your word is working or not. Word will automatically create new data registry subkey with default settings when you open it.

To delete the data registry subkey you need to:

  • Close all office applications
  • Open ‘regedit’ by typing it in Run
  • Now, you need to locate the registry subkey and you find that here
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\[Version]\Word\Data
  • Where [Version] is your version of the word program
  • Now, tap on Data and then click on Export on the File menu
  • Name the file, and then save it somewhere safe
  • Back to Edit menu, and click on Delete and then click ‘Yes’
  • Now exit the registry editor and start the word

This should resolve your error and word should start normally after this. If that is not happening with your software then you need to contact the experts from Microsoft helpline number. Only they will be able to help you in that matter as they have extensive knowledge about the product and its bugs.

The good folks of Microsoft customer service are available 24*7 to serve the users to their best of the ability.

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