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FIX: Microsoft Publisher won’t open on Windows 10


Users have reported that they encounter problems with Microsoft Publisher, in that it doesn’t seem to launch at all.


How can I fix Microsoft Publisher launch issues?

1. Update your Microsoft Publisher installation

By default, all Microsoft Office components encounter an error when they are outdated and you try to launch them. You may update your Office apps by accessing this link.

This web-page will provide you with both the instructions on how to update Office. More so, it will guide you on how to troubleshoot it as well if the updates fail to initialize.

By updating Office, you’ll also update Microsoft Publisher on Windows 10, so be sure to try that.


2. Use a third-party alternative to Microsoft Publisher

If you’re having issues with Publisher for Windows 10, then you might as well go for a software tool that can do the exact same thing, maybe even more and better.

For example, Adobe InDesign is just as good of a desktop publishing as Microsoft Publisher, since it too can be used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks.

However, the main advantage is that Adobe InDesign can also take advantage of its innate compatibility with other helpful Adobe titles, such as Photoshop or Illustrator, through which it can access a wide variety of resources.

The UI is just as easy to understand, and the template library for creating your products is much larger than Publisher’s.

That being said, if you still can’t get Microsoft Publisher to works even after following all of the steps mentioned in this article, then going for Adobe InDesign is the right choice.

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is the world’s best software for designing printed material, and it’s a perfect alternative to Publisher.

3. Launch Microsoft Publisher in safe mode

  1. Find the shortcut icon for your Office application.
  2. Press CTRL key and double-click the Microsoft Publisher shortcut
  3. Click Yes when prompted to start the application in Safe Mode.

Additionally, you can do the same by following these steps:



This post was written by Teodor Nechita and was first posted to WindowsReport



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