Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows was released on September 22, 2015. It is the successor of the previous version, Office 2013, and among the most used programs across the globe. However, after using the Office 2016 programs such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel repeatedly, there may be times when these applications face some serious issues such as crashes, corrupted files, etc. And in some scenarios, you may not be able to run any Office 2016 application. At this point in time, you may wish to perform some magical process that will resolve the issue.
Fortunately there is an easy way to resolve these issues and it's called a Repair installation. In this tutorial we explain how this task can be performed.
Running a Repair Installation
- Launch the Run dialog box in Windows, and type in "control appwiz.cpl" without the quotes, as shown in Figure 1, below. Then click the OK button.
Figure 1: Run dialog box
- This will launch the Programs and Features window, as shown in Figure 2, below. Your interface may look a little different based upon which version of Windows you are using but the general process still remains the same.
Figure 2: Programs and Features window
- Within the list of programs, locate your Office 2016 version. This may differ on different systems. For instance, our version of Office 2016 is called Microsoft Office 365. To make sure you are choosing Office 2016, ensure that the Product version number begins with 16, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, above. Then choose your version of Office 2016, and then click the Change button as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above.
- Now a Repair window appears, as shown in Figure 3, below. You will see two Repair radio buttons:
- Quick Repair does a basic repair, using resources already available on your system.
- Online Repair does a more thorough repair, and accesses files from online sources.
- Select the Repair radio button you want, and click the Repair button.
Figure 3: Repair window
- We chose the Quick Repair option, and were presented the message window as shown in Figure 4, below. Click the Repair button to proceed.
Figure 4: Ready to start a Quick Repair?
- The Repair process will begin and may take several minutes depending upon your system's configuration (see Figure 5).
Figure 5: Repair window
- You will finally see the Done repairing window, shown in Figure 6. Click the Close button to complete the Repair process.
Figure 6: Done repairing