List of Microsoft Word Command Line startup switches

Microsoft Word has several useful command line switches that can be used to start Word. These switches can be used to make Word run in a specific way or perform specific task – like if you want to start it in the Safe Mode without any addons.

Microsoft Word Command Line startup switches

To open a Word document using the switches in Windows 10/8/7, type winword.exe /x. Here “/x” is the switch.

To modify how Microsoft Office Word starts on a one-time basis, you can add switches to the Microsoft Windows Run command (Start menu).

The following is the list of switches for Microsoft Word:

If you plan to use a modified startup method frequently, you can create a shortcut on the Windows desktop, using these switches.

Source: KB210565.

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One Comment

  1. Steven

    How do I use the WinWord switches to dictate the position and size of the window?

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