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Disable Start Screen in Word 2013

By Satya Prakash on Nov 14, 2012
This article describes how to disable the start screen in Word 2013.

Disable Start Screen

In the earlier versions of Office, programs always start with a blank page. But in Office 2013 the suite loads from a Start screen. Several users do not like this feature; they want to open directly to a blank document.

In this article I am going to describe how to disable the start screen and open a blank document directly in Word 2013.

Note: When you open Word 2013 it opens with the start screen like:


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Now if you want to open a blank Word document directly then do the following to disable the start screen in Word 2013.

Step 1

Click over the File button to open the Backstage view.

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Step 2

Click the Option button, in the Backstage view.


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Step 3

The Word options window will be open. Choose the General section if it is not selected by default.


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Step 4

In the right side of the Word options window, find and uncheck the Show the Start screen when this application starts option.

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Step 5

Finally click the Ok button in the Word options window to save the setting.

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Note: The above procedure can also disable the start screen of Excel 2013 and PowerPoint 2013.

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