Microsoft Office 2013 uses a default start screen that lets users choose a document template and gain easy access to recently saved documents. While this can be handy, some users prefer to always have Word, Excel, or PowerPoint open with a fresh, blank, new document. Here are two ways to bypass or disable the Office 2013 start screen.
Disable the Office 2013 Start Screen on a Per App Basis
If you’re a heavy Word user and always want Word 2013 to open with a blank document, but you like to browse the templates in PowerPoint, for example, you can manage when the Office 2013 start screen appears on a per app basis.
First, launch the app for which you want to disable or bypass the start screen (we’re using Word 2013 in our example). Create a blank document so that you can access the application’s menu, and then choose File > Options > General.
At the bottom of the Options window is a section labeled “Start Up Options.” Here, uncheck the box for “Show the Start screen when this application starts.” Press OK when you’re done to save your change, then close the Office 2013 application and re-launch it. You’ll notice that instead of the start screen, the app loads directly into a new blank document.
This method gives users the most flexibility, as the change only applies to specific apps chosen by the user.
Disable the Office 2013 Start Screen Completely
If you don’t want the Office 2013 start screen to appear for any application in the suite, you have two options: use the instructions above for each app individually, or use a registry modification to kill the feature, which we’ll discuss next.
First, press Windows Key + R to open the Run window, then type “regedit” and press OK to launch the Windows Registry Editor. This may trigger a User Account Control alert; press “Yes” to authorize the request.
Using the Registry Editor, browse to the following nested location using the list on the left:
Unless you already have it, which isn’t likely, we’ll need to create a new entry called “DisableBootToOfficeStart”. To do so, right-click on the General Key on the left side of the window, and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
You’ll see a new entry, named “New Value #1,” appear on the right side of the window. Rename this to the aforementioned “DisableBootToOfficeStart”.
Next, double-click on the new value you just created and change the number in the Value Data box from 0 to 1. Press OK to save your change.
Now all eligible* Office 2013 applications will bypass their start screens and open with blank new documents. If you want to re-enable the start screen for a particular application, you can simply use the “per app” instructions at the start of this article and check the box to show the start screen. This method overrides the registry modification for each app. You can also delete the registry value (or set it back to 0) to restore the default options.
*Note that some apps, such as Access 2013, require the use of the start screen and Microsoft provides no way to bypass the screen via an in-app option or registry modification.