Disable Microsoft Office 2013 Start Screen

Microsoft Office 2013 has a bunch of new features into it. One of them is called the Start Screen. The Start Screen is a quick way to open recent documents and files, open templates, and even open other files. The Start Screen is good for those who like seeing this interface. But if you prefer to open Excel, Word, or PowerPoint directly to a new document, you might want to remove this. Here is how to disable the Microsoft Office 2013 Start Screen from Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Disable Microsoft Office 2013 Start Screen from Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Removing Microsoft Office 2013 Start Screen is really easy to do. If you are not sure what the Start Screen looks like, here is an example below.

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For the rest of this how to article we will be using Excel 2013. You can however follow along in either Word or PowerPoint. Go ahead and open either Excel, Word, or PowerPoint. When the Start Screen loads, open a blank document. We want to move past the Start Screen and get into the application.

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Once you are in either Excel, Word, or PowerPoint go to the File button and click it.

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Under the File menu locate Options towards the bottom left and click it.

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Either Excel, Word, or PowerPoint Options will open. From here we will need to go to the General menu. Click it in the upper left hand corner. Now move over to the right pane and look for Start up options group. This is towards the bottom. In the Start up options locate Show the Start screen when this application starts. Remove the check next to this. When you are finished click OK to close out of the Options menu.

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Now when you open either Excel, Word, or PowerPoint where you removed this option, you won’t see the Start Screen. You will, however, still have to disable the start screen for each Office application. This is kind of a burden, but doesn’t take too long to accomplish.

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