Microsoft Word stuck at the bottom left corner after I exit focus mode

My word is stuck there and I can't move it. I've tried restarting but it doesn't work.

Hi Cheong Jian Bond,

Thanks for reporting this concern to us. I hope you're having a good day despite the trouble you're experiencing with your Word application. Let's get this sorted out. 

Could you please confirm if the steps in this article were the ones that you used to enable focus mode on your Word application? If so, I believe you've pressed the Esc key to exit the focus mode on your Word application. Therefore, you should not encounter this issue in the first place by doing that.

Let us perform all the primary troubleshooting steps to see if the problem will be resolved. Please follow each method below and get back to us with the results: 

Method 1: Install Office Update.

  1. Open Word. 
  2. Click on File
  3. Go to Account
  4. Under Product Information, choose Update Options and click Update Now
  5. Once the updates completely installed, relaunch Word and see if the problem occurs. 

Method 2: Open Word in safe mode.

  1. Press the Windows and R key on your keyboard simultaneously. 
  2. In the Run command, type winword /safe (include space between winword and symbol) and then click OK
  3. Once the Word app opens in safe mode, observe the issue if it is persisting. 

If the issue doesn’t occur while in Safe Mode, then an add-in is likely causing it. To disable add-ins, please access this link and follow the steps under Permanently disable or remove an add-in

Note: To stop Office Safe Mode, just exit and restart your Word application. 

Method 3: Repair the Office program.

  1. Right-click the Start button (lower-left corner). 
  2. Select Apps and Features
  3. Right-click the Microsoft Office program and select Change and then choose Online Repair
  4. Click Repair and follow the on-screen instruction to continue. Restart your computer and check if the concern is still occurring. 

Method 4: Uninstall and Reinstall Office program.

Uninstall Office from a PC

Download and install or reinstall Office 365/Office 2016 or Office 2019 on a PC or Mac

It would be great if you can update us with the results for each method.

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Last updated April 9, 2021 Views 523 Applies to: