How to reset Microsoft Office/ Excel/ PowerPoint to default settings

Microsoft Applications (Office/ Excel/ PowerPoint) offers huge customization options to enhance user experience. However, there are times when you may want to reset Excel to its default settings, especially if you’ve encountered issues or want to start afresh. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of resetting Microsoft Office/ Excel/ PowerPoint using the Registry Editor. Please proceed with caution, as modifying the registry can have significant consequences if not done correctly.

Important Note: Backup Your Registry !!!

Before making any changes to the registry, it’s crucial to create a backup or set a system restore point. This precautionary step ensures that you can revert to the previous state in case anything goes wrong.

Let’s start …

Step 1: Close Application

Ensure that Before resetting the application must have closed. If you are going to reset Microsoft Excel then close it completely. The same process needs to be followed for Office and PowerPoint.

Step 2: Open the Registry Editor

Search for Registry editor and open it, OR

  • Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.
  • Type regedit and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.

Step 3: Navigate to Excel Options Registry Key

Navigate through the registry to find the Excel Options key:

For Excel:

For Office:

For PowerPoint:

Step 4: Backup the Registry (Optional)

Before making any modifications, it’s wise to create a backup of the “Excel” or other applications. Right-click on the “Excel” key, select “Export,” and save the backup file in a secure location.

Step 5: Delete Excel Options Subkey

If you have already navigated to the path mentioned in the step 3. Then right-click on it, and a menu will pop up. Click on the ‘Delete’ option.

Step 6: Restart Application

Close the Registry Editor and reopen the Microsoft Application you did the reset for. The program will recreate default settings, providing a fresh start.


Resetting Microsoft Office Excel using the Registry Editor can be an effective way to resolve issues and start anew. However, it’s essential to exercise caution, follow the steps diligently, and create backups before making any changes to the registry.


If you are not comfortable with registry edits, you can also follow the video tutorial attached below. I hope this blog post helped to reset the Microsoft applications. We are also available on YouTube and social media. You can also follow the video given below.

Video: Reset MS Excel and MS Word
Video: Reset MS PowerPoint

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