Mike’s Dump

December 10, 2005

Word’s Safe Mode

Filed under: Home — mikesdump @ 10:30 am

I complained last about an error message from Microsoft Word a few
months back
I recently found this gem to add to my collection. Word has a Safe
mode. Maybe this is old news to some of you but I found it surprising.
How could a word processor get to the point where it is so complex it
needs a “Safe Mode”?

Word Safe Mode

I would assume the safe mode attempts to disable plug-ins that have
gone wild or something but would the average user have a clue what to
do when receiving an error message like this? (I’ve known users that
didn’t know what to do when prompted with a dialog, which only has an
“OK” button.)

Maybe Microsoft thought having a safe mode for Windows has been such a
success they said, “Hey, let’s add a safe mode to Word too.”

As dumb as I think the message is it made me laugh and that is what is really important.

Here is a couple of links that actually have something intelligent to say about Word’s safe mode.




  1. Imagine one day you are drunk and you go to start your car, and the thing told you it is now in Safe mode and won’t let you drive away. Microsoft that’s the only Safe mode I would give a shiet! Now go and develope that, Gates!

    Comment by Mr. Chan — December 14, 2005 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  2. I can’t actually use Word on my computer without running it in safe mode, any drawing elements in the document crash Word the moment they are drawn on screen, but work perfectly in safe mode.

    Comment by spootle — December 17, 2005 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

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