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Word 2016 no longer supports the /n command line switch RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have discovered that this switch no longer works in Word 2016.

    Can someone at Microsoft tell me if this was intentional or if it is a bug in Word 2016? If intentional, why was support for this switch removed after having been around for a long time? Is there a work around for this switch's removal, some way to do the equivalent differently?

    Friday, December 11, 2015 11:52 AM

Answers

  • Hi frank-t,

    I tested your problem in my environment (3 computers, Office 2016 & Windows 10), this /n command line worked fine in these computers.

    Which kind version of Office did you install? Click-to-Run or MSI?

    For Click-to-Run the path of Office program is default.

    For MSI, did you change the default path of Office program? If yes, you need to type this command line with correct path of Word.

    I suggest you check if other command lines work fine in your environment, for example /a, /s etc.

    Then make sure you click the correct command line:

    winword /n
    Any updates please let me know, I'm glad to help and follow up your reply.

    Regards,

    Emi Zhang
    TechNet Community Support


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    Monday, December 14, 2015 8:50 AM

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  • Hi frank-t,

    I tested your problem in my environment (3 computers, Office 2016 & Windows 10), this /n command line worked fine in these computers.

    Which kind version of Office did you install? Click-to-Run or MSI?

    For Click-to-Run the path of Office program is default.

    For MSI, did you change the default path of Office program? If yes, you need to type this command line with correct path of Word.

    I suggest you check if other command lines work fine in your environment, for example /a, /s etc.

    Then make sure you click the correct command line:

    winword /n
    Any updates please let me know, I'm glad to help and follow up your reply.

    Regards,

    Emi Zhang
    TechNet Community Support


    Please mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.

    If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.
    Monday, December 14, 2015 8:50 AM
  • Hi Emi,

    you are right, the /n command does work fine.

    Never trust a cursor.

    I'm using Office 365 ProPlus and the latest release of Win 10 Pro. For some reason with Word 2016 the cursor prefers to remain an hourglass. Thus, I had the wrong impression, that Word had stopped working. This does not happen with Excel 2016 (/e command).

    I wonder whether your cursor does react correctly. BTW, this happens on a Lenovo Yoga 900.

    Thursday, December 31, 2015 6:39 PM