How to reset Microsoft Office settings to factory defaults

To reset Microsoft Office programs to its default setting you need to delete corresponding registry key.

Follow these steps:

  1. Quit all Microsoft Office programs.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate following registry key:
    • for Office 2010: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\
    • for Office 2007: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\
    • for Office 2003: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\
    • for Office XP: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\
    • for Office 2000: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\
  4. Under this key there is a key for each Office product (Word, Excel, etc.) that you need to delete. Click to select it.
    Note: Always export the registry key before performing following step in case something went wrong or you want to reverse changes later. Simply right click and select export.
  5. Make sure the right key is selected and click Delete on the Edit menu.
  6. Start Office program to verify changes.

Thank you PC Care Direct.


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