Office shortcuts remain after Office uninstall

If Office is pre-installed on your new Windows 10 PC, and you uninstall it before it can do the initial update, it may leave behind the Office app shortcuts in the Start menu. It may seem that Office is still installed, when it's not. To remove the unwanted shortcuts, do one of the following:

Option 1 - Completely uninstall Office with the easy fix tool

  1. Click this easy fix button to uninstall Office.

    Easy fix download button indicating an automated fix is available
  2. For the remaining steps showing how to save and use the easy fix, select your browser from the drop-down list below

    1. At the bottom of the browser window, select Open to open the O15CTRRemove.diagcab file.

      Select Open to open the O15CTRRemove.diagcab easy fix tool

      If the file doesn’t open automatically, choose Save > Open Folder, and then double-click the file (it should start with "O15CTRRemove") to run the easy fix tool.

    2. The Uninstall Microsoft Office wizard launches. Select Next and follow the prompts.

    3. When you see the Uninstallation successful screen, follow the prompt to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Select Next.

    4. After restarting your computer, you can try installing Office again.

    1. In the lower-lower left corner select the o15CTRRemove file and from the drop down, select Show in folder.

      From the dropdown, select Show in folder

      Double-click the download, o15CTRRemove to run the easy fix tool.

    2. The Uninstall Microsoft Office wizard launches. Select Next and follow the prompts.

    3. When you see the Uninstallation successful screen, follow the prompt to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Select Next.

    4. After restarting your computer, you can try installing Office again.

    1. Select Save File, and then OK.

      Save O15CTRRemove.diagcab file in Firefox

      In the upper-right browser window, select Show all downloads. In the Library, select Downloads > O15CTRRemove.diagcab, and then select the folder icon. Double-click the O15CTRRemove.diagcab.

    2. The Uninstall Microsoft Office wizard launches. Select Next and follow the prompts.

    3. When you see the Uninstallation successful screen, follow the prompt to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Select Next.

    4. After restarting your computer, you can try installing Office again.

Reinstall Office

To reinstall Office 365 or Office 2016, follow the steps in Download and install or reinstall Office on your PC or Mac.

To reinstall Office 2013, see Download and install or reinstall Office 2013 on a PC.

Option 2 - Manually delete the shortcuts

To manually remove an Office shortcut that's left behind after an uninstall, locate it in the Start menu and click on it. In this example, we're removing the Word 2016 shortcut:

Example that shows the Word 2016 shortcut:missing from the Office shortcuts

A dialog box appears asking if you want to delete the shortcut. Choose Yes.

Screenshot ofdialog box

Continue to find other Office shortcuts and follow the same process to remove them.

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