How to load Outlook with no add-ins

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 15:20
How to load Outlook with no add-ins

In case you need to troubleshoot Outlook, it is a good idea to load Outlook without loading any 3rd party Outlook add-ins. This article explains just how to do it.

Among other culprits, Outlook add-ins are the usual suspect when Outlook runs slow or triggers unexpected errors. To determine if the installed add-ins are causing you problems, the easiest thing to do is to start Outlook with no add-ins.

Outlook command line switch for add-ins

In order to load Outlook without add-ins, you have to exit Outlook and type the following command in a RUN window or in a Windows command prompt:

Outlook /safe:3

Please note that, while the above command will cause Outlook to load with no add-ins, the add-ins are still going to be displayed in the Add-in Manager window.

If starting with no add-ins doesn’t solve your Outlook problems, you can also try to load Outlook with one of the following switches:

/cleanviews
– this switch restores default views (all custom views you created are lost!);

/firstrun 
– starts Outlook as if it were run for the first time;

/cleanprofile
– loads Outlook with a new, clean user profile, while restoring default profile registry keys;

/nocustomize
– loads Outlook without customized toolbars.

Examples:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE /safe:3