How to Repair Office & Uninstall individual Microsoft Office programs

Has your Microsoft Office installation got corrupted? Are your Office programs not working properly? In this case, rather than go for an uninstall – reinstall, you might want to repair Microsoft Office 2019/2016/2013/2010/2007 installation, first. Here are the steps you will have to taketo repair Microsoft Office, Office for Business, Office 365 Home and Business editions.

Repair Office 2019/2016

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Open Control Panel and click Programs and Features.

Right-click the Office program that you want to repair, and select Change.

Next click Repair > Continue. Office will start repairing the apps.

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Once the process is completed, restart your computer.

Online Repair of Office

You can also carry out Online Repair for Office 2019/2016 or Office 365.

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Quick Repair runs faster but only detects and replaces corrupted files. Online Repair takes longer, but does an uninstall and a complete repair.

Switches to help you troubleshoot and repair Microsoft Word

  • To simply reset the Word registry values to default type winword /r in start search and hit Enter.
  • To prevent Word from loading the macros type winword /m and hit Enter.
  • To prevent Word from loading its add-ins, type winword /a and hit Enter.

Uninstall – Reinstall Office 2013 or Office 2010

  • Open Control Panel and click Programs and Features.
  • Double click Office.
  • The program will start its un-installation process
  • On completion, restart the computer

Now you can go in for a fresh install of Office again.

Uninstall individual Office programs

You cannot uninstall individual Office programs. If you want to install only specific Office programs, you must uninstall Office 2010 first, and then reinstall it using a custom installation, and select the programs that you want to install.

Install only select programs in  Office

  • Start the installation of your Office suite.
  • In the Choose the installation you want dialog box, click Customize.
  • On the Installation Options tab, right-click the program(s) that you do not want to be installed.
  • Click Install now to complete the custom installation.

Repair Office 2019/2016 via Windows 10 Settings

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Windows 10 offers repair features which replace some of the core files with original files.

  1. Open Windows Settings, and then select Apps and Features.
  2. Scroll to find your Microsoft Office installation, and click on it, and then click on  Modify.
  3. It will open a window.
  4. Choose Quick Repair or Online Repair and then click on the Repair button.

When you choose to repair, you might get two options. It depends on how the Microsoft Office was installed, i.e., Web Installer or Offline installer (MSI based).

  • Web Installer: When prompted how would you like to repair Office, select Online Repair > Repair. Do not use quick repair option here.
  • MSI-based: In “Change your installation”, select Repair and then click Continue.

The repair process makes sure that the app data remains untouched.

See this if you cannot uninstall Microsoft Office. Have a look at Office Configuration Analyzer Tool. It will help you analyze & identify Office program problems.

How to repair, update or uninstall Microsoft Office Click-to-Run may also interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

5 Comments

  1. cookiegirl86

    The winword /r command worked beautifully. Highly recommend, as all other troubleshooting methods did not work for me. Thanks a lot.

  2. Yamaranews

    Nice post
    Thank you

  3. Word Southwest

    I bought a new computer with a trial version of Word 2010. I uninstalled Word 2010 and installed Word 2007. My version of Word 2007 doesn’t check for serial number, so I can install it on my 4 computers. I can prepare a document in Word 2007, but everytime I try to save it, Microsoft asks for my registration serial number for Word 2010. Is there a way to remove this check and just use Word 2007?

  4. fraunbakh

    Recovery Toolbox for Word – demo versions that are available online will only helps you to evaluate the performance of the software, it wont provide the solution to recover the file. Have a look at this resource article to recover your corrupt doc file. http://www.word.recoverytoolbox.com/

  5. Michael C.

    i have some bug in Outlook 2013 that makes content and menus disappear, text shifts around, it’s definitely not a virus, I think it occurred when I installed the free version of Business Contact Manager, there is a temporary fix by disabling hardware graphics acceleration in the Advanced Options menu in Outlook, but if you keep Outlook open for a long time, the disappearing act will occur again. So the last resort is to uninstall Office 2013 and reinstall it, but I am concerned with keeping all of the Outlook folders, profiles, account, whitelist spam filter, signatures in tact. I assume if I uninstall and reinstall, I will need to manually set everything up again in Outlook?

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