What Can You Do to Fix Microsoft Word 2010 Won't Open

What can you do when you find your Microsoft Word won't open? In this article, we will tell you what you should do to fix the Microsoft Word won't open issue. We have listed three Microsoft proved methods and one method using third-party file repair software to help.

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Applies to: Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Microsoft 365

"My office Word 2010 will not open and I have no idea what to do. I have no tech skills. If I can't get to my proposal I lose a client. I've found 2010 to be problematic. Please help. I have restarted the computer several times and gone into the control panel. Please help."

The above message is quoted from a Microsoft forum, the user said that her office Word 2010 won't open now, and she didn't know what to do. In fact, this type of problem often occurs in Microsoft Office software. Some other users also report that their Microsoft Excel won't open either. Here we will focus on how to fix the Word 2010 won't open issue, keep reading and check more details.

Why is My Microsoft Word 2010 Not Opening

The reason why you can't open Word 2010 is not certain, many factors would cause this problem. Some of the main reasons are here:

  • An obscure registry entry was set for Win 10
  • Faulty add-ins prevent your Word from opening
  • The Windows update causes incompatible configuration
  • The Word file you want to open is broken

After knowing the possible reasons why you can't open the Word 2010, it's time to check the efficient fixes. We have collected four solutions for you to try. Try these solutions one by one until you have solved your problem.

Fix 1. Open Word 2010 in Safe Mode

If you have a problem opening the Word software, you could first try to open it in Safe Mode to check if it works fine. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Close Word, press the Windows and R keys at the same time to open the Run box.

Step 2. Type winword /safe in the Run box.

Open word in safe mode with run box

Now the Microsoft Word will open in Safe Mode. You may be able to continue editing your Word file now.

Fix 2. Disable Add-ins of Word 2010

One possible reason that prevents you from opening Word 2010 is the faulty add-ins. The following steps will help you disable these add-ins and bring the Word software back to normal.

Step 1. Enter Safe Mode in the way demonstrated in Fix 1.

Step 2. Click "File" > "Options" > "Add-ins". Select "COM Add-ins", and click "Go".

Step 3. Uncheck all the add-ins in the list, and click "OK". Then restart Word.

Disable add-ins of Word

If the Word runs normally, re-enable the add-ins one-by-one until Word 2010 not opening issue happens again. Thus, you may find out which add-in is the culprit.

Fix 3. Repair and Reinstall Word

Another method you can try is to repair the Microsoft Word 2010 in Control Panel and reinstall it. Several users have reported that this method works well. Now follow the steps here to see how to repair Word in Control Panel.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel on your computer.

Step 2. Choose Programs & Features.

Choose programs and features

Step 3. Find the Microsoft Office, right-click and select "Change".

Step 4. Click "Yes" to open the Microsoft repair program.

Step 5. The quick repair option will be selected by default, you just need to click the "Repair" to start.

Microsoft repair

Fix 4. Use Third-Party File Repair Software

If you have tried all the above methods, but no one works. Then you might need to seek help from third-party repair software. File corruption is one of the main reasons that cause the Word 2010 not open. Here we recommend you apply the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover and repair the corrupted Word file.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard has been in the market of data recovery and repair for over 17 years. Powerful scanning and recovery functions are the main reason for the popularity of this software. Its friendly user interface is another highlight. Both beginners and experts can quickly use the software.

You can download the software from the button below, and follow the steps to repair and recover Word files.

Step 1. Select a Location to Start Finding Crashed Word Files

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and then scan the missing or damaged word files.

repair word file

Step 2.  Scan for Lost and Damaged Word Documents

You can use "Filter" to find the damaged word files quickly.

repair damaged word files

Step 3.  Repair and Recover Word Files to a Secure Location

Choose the word file and click "Preview."  This program will automatically repair corrupted and damaged files. Click "Recover" to save the repaired word files to a safe location. (Please note: DO NOT save the files back onto the same hard drive partition or external device where you lost the data from)

Save repaired word files to safe place
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Fix Word 2010 Won't Open Now!

These are all the methods for Microsoft Word 2010 not open issue. The first three fixes should be efficient enough to solve your problem. Don't hesitate and try the solutions one by one. Hope you could solve your problem after reading this article.

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