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Don’t Reinstall Office!

Don’t Reinstall Office!

From time to time you may notice that one of your Office applications isn’t behaving quite the way it should. This could be something such as not being able to print from an application to having an application not launch at all. Microsoft recognizes that sometimes things happen so they’ve made it easy to fix problems that may arise with an Office app. Starting with Office 2010 Microsoft offers the Office Repair Utility. The Office Repair utility works to fix Office when things go awry.

Quick Repair

Instead of reinstalling Office, first check out the Quick Repair feature. To access the Quick Repair:

  • Navigate to the Control Panel and select Programs and Features.
  • Scroll down the list of installed programs and highlight your Office installation.
  • Right-click and select Quick Repair and then click Repair.

This process is quicker than the Online repair and typically takes 5 to 10 minutes. Once complete you’ll receive a message saying the repair has completed and that you can now use your applications. The quick repair fixes most issues but if for some reason you’re still having a problem you can go back and choose Online Repair. Online Repair takes a lot longer but should resolve any issues that the Quick Repair couldn’t.

Sometimes, although rare, even the Online Repair won’t be able to resolve the issue. If this happens then you’re left with completely reinstalling Office. This requires rebooting between uninstalling and reinstalling, and normally takes longer than the Online Repair.

So, if an Office application isn’t behaving like it should don’t re-install without first checking out the built in Repair Utility. It works great and can have you up and running in no time.

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