Sometimes, you’ll open Outlook, and then for no clear reason, it will freeze or shut itself down. This can be frustrating. Especially if you’re trying to access a very important email. Although Outlook is a great email application, you might experience many issues occasionally while using this email application. Like your Outlook not opening or it crashing whenever you open it. Once this occurs though, don’t panic, there are ways to fix it. Let’s go through a few now.

Start Outlook in Safe Mode

The first thing you can try when your Outlook not opening is to open Outlook in safe mode. To do this, you have to type “outlook.exe /safe” in the run dialogue box on the bottom left. If you can’t find the dialogue box, press the Windows logo key+R for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8. OR click Start, type Run in the Search box, and then click Run for Windows 7. 

This will open Outlook in a raw mode, with all add-ons disabled. If Outlook runs well in this mode. Then there’s a very high chance that an add-in is the cause of the issue.

Disable Add-ins

Add-ins improve your Outlook by supplying amazing features and improvements. But in some cases, it may interfere with normal operations. And may cause Outlook to crash. It is recommended that you disable all of them.  And then enable them one by one to see which one causes the ‘Outlook not opening’ problem. 

Once you’ve identified the specific add-in that was causing the trouble. Disabled it and your Outlook starts working fine, it means that the add-in is the problem.

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Run Outlook Diagnostics 

If your add-ins are not the problem, you can download the automatic diagnostic tool from Microsoft’s website. And run it on your system. After the tool completes the process, the problem should be resolved. However, if your problem still exists, open Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365. Select Outlook on the first screen and click ‘Next’. Select any of the options that are related to your problem:

  • Outlook keeps freezing or hanging
  • Outlook suddenly stops with the notice “Microsoft Outlook has stopped working”. Now,  Click ‘Next’.

This automated tool should help you fix most errors in Outlook. Like your Outlook not opening. However, if you find that the problem persists, you can try the next solution.

Repair your PST File

If none of the above solutions help you solve the Outlook not opening error. It means that your Outlook data file has been manipulated. This can happen when the program tries to access your storage file. But cannot for one reason or the other. However, if your Outlook crashes/freezes frequently, you might end up losing sensitive data. That is why you need to start considering fixing your PST file after your Outlook crash.

Once your PST file has been repaired, it can be sent to Outlook. And you can reach all your Outlook stuff in the same way as before. Before starting the repair process it is advised that you should back up all of your Outlook data. So that you won’t lose it.

Once you’ve tried all of these solutions, it is guaranteed that the problem of your Outlook not opening will be solved.

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