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How to Fix Outlook 365 Stuck on Loading Profile

How to Fix Outlook 365 Stuck on Loading Profile

Microsoft Outlook is a widely used email client by many organizations. Generally, it works smoothly. However, lately, many users are noticing that their Outlook 365 is getting stuck on ‘Loading Profile’

This error may be faced by previous versions of Outlook as well. As a result, users may not be able to use Outlook normally. They will not be able to send, read, receive or even see their emails. Thus, it can cause a huge disruption in daily work. 

Causes of this Issue

Generally, this problem is caused due to a corrupted file of Microsoft Outlook. Other times, it can be caused due to a simple connection issue. Additionally, here are some other possible reasons that may cause Outlook 365 to get stuck on ‘Loading Profile’

  • Corrupted System Files 
  • Restricted Admin Access to data files 
  • Corrupted software components 
  • Compatibility issues 
  • Glitched Navigation Pane 
  • Misconfigured Profile settings 

How to Fix Outlook 365 Stuck on Loading Profile

Here, we have curated and provided 7 solutions to fix this issue. Before you head on to the solutions, try the following methods. 

  • Run Microsoft Outlook as an Administrator 
  • Update Windows to the latest version 
  • Launch the program after disconnecting from the Internet  

The following solutions should be able to resolve Outlook 365 Stuck on Loading Profile

Solution 1 – Update Microsoft Office 

Usually, a Windows update is different from a Microsoft Office update. The former is used to update the operating system. In comparison, the latter is used to update the Microsoft Office suite. 

Therefore, you can try to resolve the Outlook issue by updating the Microsoft Office suite. Follow these instructions to update Microsoft Outlook. 

  1. Launch any other Microsoft software program and go to the File menu. Here, click on Account. 
  2. Next, you will find a choice to ‘Update’. It is usually located under the ‘Product Information’. 
  3. Here, you have to click on ‘Update now’ to update the software suite. 
  4. Afterward, close the program and launch Outlook once again. 

Also, it is important to note that you may not see the Update option in Microsoft Office. This just means that you do not have the required license. Thus, you may have to buy a different license which allows the Microsoft Office to get updated. 

In addition, the steps to update are different if you have installed Microsoft Office through the Microsoft Store. In that case, you can update Microsoft Office by following the steps below. 

  1. Bring up the Start menu by pressing the Windows logo button. Here, type ‘store’ and click on Microsoft Store. 
  2. Click on the Account display picture in the top area. 
  3. Next, click on the three dots and navigate to Downloads and Updates. Lastly, click on Get Updates and wait for the Software to get updated. 

Solution 2 – Fix Compatibility Issues

Another common cause of Office 365 getting stuck on Loading Profile is due to a compatibility setting. You can easily fix this by going through the following steps. 

  1. Press the Windows button to bring up the Start menu. Here, type ‘outlook’ and right-click on the program. Next, click on Properties. 
  2. Head over to the Compatibility section. Here, you will see an option saying ‘Run this program in compatibility mode’. 
  3. You just have to uncheck it and click on Apply. 
  4. Finally, click on Ok and open Outlook again. 

Solution 3 – Reset Outlook’s Navigation Pane

Outlook 365 can also get stuck on Loading Profile due to some problems in its navigation pane. Thus, you can follow the steps below to revert any changes to this setting. 

  1. Press the Windows logo button and the letter ‘R’ at the same time. Next, type ‘outlook.exe /resetnavpane’ without the quotes. 
  2. Subsequently, press Enter. 
  3. The command will run and change the settings back to its default.  
  4. Now, you can try to run Outlook to see if it is running. 

Solution 4 – Run Outlook in Safe Mode

Microsoft Outlook has a special safe mode where it can run in the most basic default settings. This is the easiest way to fix any issue. Follow the instructions given below. 

  1. Press the Windows button and the letter ‘R’ at the same time. Next, put ‘outlook.exe /safe’ in the empty text bar. Afterward, click on Ok. 
  2. Here, you have to select your profile from the drop-down menu and click Ok. 
  3. Next, wait a few seconds until the program loads. Subsequently, go to the File menu and click on Options. 
  4. Afterward, go to ‘Add-ins’ and click on the dropdown beside ‘Manage’. Choose ‘COM Add-ins’ and finally select the option Go. 
  5. Here, uncheck all the add-ins and click on ok. 
  6. Now, close the program and open the program normally. 

Solution 5 – Fix Outlook Data File 

Alternatively, another cause of Outlook 365 being stuck on Loading Profile is due to a corrupted data file. Thus, you can fix it by following the instructions below. 

  1. First, you need to navigate to the following folders. 
  • C:
  • Users 
  • Username – this will be the name of your computer system 
  • AppData – Generally, this folder is hidden by default. Therefore, you need to enable ‘Show Hidden files and folders’ to see this. 
  • Local 
  • Microsoft 
  • Outlook 
  1. Here, you will see the Outlook data file with your profile’s name. Subsequently, rename this file to anything you want. 
  2. Finally, close the window and open Outlook again.  

Solution 6 – Create a New Profile 

Misconfigured Profile settings were found to be the cause of this Outlook issue in many instances. As a result, creating a new profile would easily resolve this problem. Follow these steps. 

  1. Press the Windows logo key and the alphabet ‘R’ again. Here, you need to type ‘control mlcfg32.cpl’ and click on Ok. 
  2. Head over to ‘Show Profiles’ and click on the ‘Add’ option. 
  3. Here, give the new profile a name and select ‘Auto Email Account’. Next, enter the necessary details and make this the default profile. 
  4. Finally, click on Apply and close the window. 
  5. You may be able to launch Outlook now. 

Solution 7 – Repair Microsoft Office 

As a last resort, you can try to repair Microsoft Office to solve your problem. This can be done by following the steps below. 

  1. Press the Windows logo key and the alphabet ‘R’ once again. Here, type ‘appwiz.cpl’ and press enter. 
  2. Select Microsoft Office from the list and choose ‘Change’. 
  3. Next, click on Quick Repair to let the software fix itself. 
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