Word: Get rid of the Start screen and open with a blank documentSeptember 18, 2015
Ah, the joys of discovering new things in a new version of a program you’ve used for years. I’m talking about you, Word 2013. You are frustrating the hell out of me, wanting to save everything I do to the cloud (no, I don’t want to save to Skydrive etc., and I’ll address this in a later blog post), changing the design yet again, and not opening with a blank document ready for me to start working.
Sure, occasional users of Word might want to choose from your fancy wancy templates (many of which require an always-on internet connection to download) on your new Start screen, but power users and those who use Word every day already use their own templates and just want to get to work. (I’ll address how to find your own templates in a later post, ‘cos they’ve really hidden them in Word 2013).
This post is on hiding the Start screen in Word 2013 so that when you open Word, you get a blank document, ready to start working. Just like you’ve always done in previous versions of Word.
- Open Word 2013.
- Go to File > Options.
- Select General on the left side of the Options window (it’s probably already selected).
- Go to the bottom of the window and clear the Show start screen when this application starts check box.
- Click OK.
- Close Word.
- Reopen Word — it should now start with a blank document.
This is a one-off change; you should only need to use it again if you reinstall Word or change computers.
NOTE: You can do the same with your other Office 20213 programs to get rid of their Start screens too.