Tech blog CybernetNews gives us two ways to start an Office application in safe mode: Hold down the CTRL key while the app starts, or if you like using a command line you can add the /safe switch to the execute command. Here are some of the things safe mode accomplishes when used with Office:
- No templates can be saved
- The Office Assistant is not automatically displayed
- The AutoCorrect list is not loaded and changes are not saved.
For all of the safe mode changes consult this list from Microsoft.