Outlook won’t start

Microsoft Outlook won’t load – Quick fix

Outlook won't load

Have you ever attempted to start Microsoft Outlook and nothing happened? Myself and my computer consulting clients have this problem from time to time.

You could fix this by restarting Windows, but there is a quicker way. This problem is caused because some processes didn’t completely shut down the last time the program was running. Some parts are still running, even though you don’t see them. Since Outlook thinks it’s already running, and wants to prevent multiple instances from loading, it doesn’t load again.

So the fix is to disable the parts that are running invisibly – using the Windows Task Manager:

  1. Start Task Manager with the keyboard combo Ctrl+Alt+Del
  2. You’ll get either a menu from which to select Task Manager or Task Manager itself
  3. In Task Manager, go to the “Processes” tab
  4. Scroll down the long list of running processes (did you know Windows was so busy?) and look for any called “OUTLOOK.EXE”. When you find one, select it and use the “End Process” button to kill it. Ignore the warning.
  5. Once you’ve disabled all Outlook processes, Outlook will behave normally

Kill Outlook processes


Even though you’ll get warnings when “ending” any process, I’ve never had a problem killing Outlook processes in this way.  Stopping other process may be more of a problem – depending on what they are.

Hope this helps…

Feel free to leave a comment below

Until next time…
author, jim coe

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  1. Thank you for that very simple and highly effective solution!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Outlook has been giving me fits all week, not sending, intermittent receiving, not starting back up. I hope this will at least save me from restarting ten times a day.

  3. You’re very welcome Barbara – hope it’s a fix!

  4. So far, so good! It seems to be working.

  5. You’re very welcome!

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