Outlook 2010 is the most advanced e-mail exchange client ever released by Microsoft but even so, it sometimes encounters an error and needs to close. Nothing out of the ordinary so far as what you would usually do is to reopen Outlook 2010 again after such an error and continue with your work. What happens when you try to open Outlook 2010 but it still fails to start and closes due to an unexpected error?
Well, in this case you have to learn how to open or start Outlook 2010 in safe mode to find out what exactly caused it to crash in the first place. You can do this with the help of some commands and syntaxes that you have to type in the Roun/Start Menu. This is why I thought that a guide on how to do that would really come in handy.
How to start Outlook 2010 in safe mode?
Here are the commands that you can must type in Start Menu > Run for Windows 7 or in the Start Screen for Windows 8:
outlook /safe > typing this command will start Outlook 2010 without the following components: Microsoft Exchange Client Extensions, the reading pane or without the toolbar customization. This command will also start Outlook 2010 with the Component Object Model add-ons turned off.
outlook /safe:1 > this command will start Outlook 2010 without the Reading Pane component, while the rest of them will be loaded
outlook /safe: 3 > if you type in this command, the Microsoft Exchange Client Extensions or the Compoentn Object Model add-on will be turned off.
outlook /safe: 4 > you can start Outlook without loading the customized toolbars (outcmd.dat file) by typing this command in the Run box.
If you think that we have forgotten the outlook /safe: 2 command than you are wrong. The reasons why there is no such command available in Outlook 2010 are not known. Typing this will simply return you an error message saying – wrong switch.
These commands to start Outlook 2010 in safe mode are really useful to determine why did the application crash. If you use the /safe and the /safe: 4 parameter in the command, you will be able to find out if there’s something wrong with the customized toolbar or not.
Additionally, there is one other way to start Outlook 2010 in safe mode without using the run command. To do this you have hold the CTRL key while double clicking on the Outlook icon. This way, the application will prompt you to advise if you want to start Outlook 2011 in safe mode or not.
If you are constantly experiencing crashes in Outlook, you can save some time by creating a shortcut to Outlook 2010 so that it starts in safe mode, by adding the /safe switch in the path of the application. First of all, you should copy the path for Outlook 2010. Depending on your version it is located either in <C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 2010> for the 32 bit version or here <C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office> for the one on 64 bit.
Next you should right click anywhere on your desktop, select New shortcut from the menu and then enter the path for Outlook 2010 by adding “ /safe” at the end of it (without the quotes). Name your shortcut so that you recognize that it is meant for starting Outlook 2010 in safe mode and that’s about it. You can extend this operation by adding the three /safe parameters we’ve mentioned above.