Word may require a reset if it encounters erroneous and abnormal behavior. Although Microsoft does not provide a Reset button to reset Word's user options and registry settings to default, some fairly straightforward solutions are available.
Running the Microsoft Basic Troubleshooter
The First (and Simplest) Solution The Microsoft Easy Fix Assistant automatically resets Word's user and registry settings. To find the wizard, go to the "Here's a simple solution" section of the Microsoft Troubleshooting page. Select "Download" and open the application as soon as you're done.
Note that all Office applications must be closed for the wizard to work.
The Easy Fix window will appear. Read the basic information and choose "Continue".
Have the wizard troubleshoot. When finished, choose Close.
Now the user options and registry settings are being reset. The next time you open Word, you are prompted to perform the setup process.
How to Reset Using the Registry Editor Utility
You can also manually run the above method Reset the options and settings in Word by using Registry Editor.
Default Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool that, if misused, can make your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty easy hack. As long as you follow the instructions, you should not have any problems. If you've never worked with it, first read how to use the Registry Editor before you start. And be sure to back up the registry (and your computer!) Before making any changes.
First, press the Windows key + R to open the Run window. Next, enter
Regedt32.exe and select "OK."
. This will open the Registry Editor utility. Navigate to the location of the key you want to delete. The key appears in the following file path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Office 16.0 Word
Note that "16.0" in the file path may be different depending on the version of Office, that you use. If you are using Office 2013, you must search for "15.0". Microsoft provides a comprehensive list of key locations for further assistance.
Next, select the key you want to delete. After selection, click Edit> Delete.
You are then asked if you really want to delete the key. Click "Yes" to confirm. then the key is deleted.
That's all there is to do. The next time you run Word, you will be guided through the installation process.