How to bypass the Start screen in Microsoft Word and Excel

How to skip or bypass the Start screen in Microsoft Word and Excel and have those Microsoft Office programs always start with a blank Word document and a blank Excel worksheet.

Bypass the Start screen in Microsoft Word and Excel

The newer versions of Microsoft Word and Excel (2013 and later) start with a standard home screen that allows users to choose from a variety of document/worksheet templates and access recently saved files.

While this setup provides ready-made templates for different types of documents/worksheets, many users prefer the previous setup where Microsoft Word always opened with a blank Word document and Microsoft Excel with a blank worksheet.

Luckily, it is possible to skip or bypass the splash screen in both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel programs with the steps given below.

1. Bypass Start Screen in Microsoft Word

If you are a regular Microsoft Word user and mainly work on the same kind of documents, you can easily bypass the unwanted splash screen in Microsoft Word by following the steps below.

1.1. Open Microsoft Word program on your computer and open a blank document by clicking Empty document Template.

Open a blank Word document

1.2. Once you are in a blank Word document, click file Tab is located in the top menu bar.

File tab in Microsoft Word

1.3. Then click on options tab in the side menu.

Microsoft Word File menu Options tab

1.4. On the Word Options screen, scroll down to the Startup Options section and uncheck the box Show the splash screen when this application starts Possibility.

Disable the Start screen in Microsoft Word

1.5. Click on OK to save this change and close the Microsoft Word program.

Now when you open the Microsoft Word program, you will see that Microsoft Word opens directly to a blank document instead of opening the default splash screen.

2. Bypass start screen in Microsoft Excel

If you don’t find the Microsoft Excel splash screen necessary, you can follow the steps below to bypass the annoying Microsoft Excel splash screen.

2.1. Open Microsoft Excel program on your computer and open an existing file or open one blank workbook.

Open a blank workbook

2.2. Once the file is open, click on the file Tab in the top ribbon menu.

File tab in Microsoft Excel

2.3. Then click on the options tab

Options tab in Microsoft Excel's File menu

2.4. On the Excel Options screen, scroll down to the Startup Options section and uncheck the box Show the splash screen when this application starts Possibility.

Disable the Start screen in Microsoft Excel

2.5. Click on OK to save this change and close the Microsoft Excel program.

Now when you open the Microsoft Excel program on your computer, you will see that Microsoft Excel will open directly to a blank file instead of opening the default splash screen.

3. Disable the Start screen in all Microsoft Office programs

If you don’t want the start screen in all Microsoft Office programs, you can either disable the start screen for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other apps individually or use the following registry hack.

3.1. Right click on the beginning click and click To run in the displayed win-x menu.

Open Run Command in Windows

3.2. In the Run Command window, type regedit and click OK.

Open the registry with the

3.3. On the Registry Editor screen, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\General Button.

3.4. Then right-click on the General button and click New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Create a new DWORD

3.5. A new entry appears in the right pane called New Value #1. Right-click New value #1 enter and click Rename and rename this entry to “DisableBootToOfficeStart”.

Rename registry

3.6. Next, double click Disable BootToOfficeStart and change the number in the Value Data field from 0 to 1.

Disable the Start screen in Microsoft Office using the registry

3.7. Click on OK to save this change.

Note: Some Microsoft Office programs like Access require the use of the Start screen and there is no way to bypass the Start screen in such programs.

After this registry change, you will find that any app or program in Microsoft Office always opens in a new blank file, which causes the start screen to be skipped entirely.

You can always re-enable the Start screen for all programs in Microsoft Office by changing the value data from 1 to 0.

If you want to enable the Start screen for a specific Microsoft Office program, you can start each program individually and enable the option Show the splash screen when this application starts Possibility.

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