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Disable Microsoft Office 2013's Start Screen

Disable Microsoft Office 2013's Start Screen with This Registry Hack.

Microsoft Office 2013 starts up with a screen showing you templates and recently opened documents.
If you find this annoying and would rather get straight to work, all you need to do is change one registry entry.

How-To Geek shows us the simple steps. Enter the registry editor by typing "regedit" in Windows' search.
Then navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\General"

Look for the key called "DisableBootToOfficeStart" and double-click it then change its value from 0 to 1.

If the key isn't there, you can create it. Hit up the link below for more information, including how to disable specific Office programs from showing that start screen.


Update: As several commenters have noted, you can go into the program's settings to disable the start screen as well. You'll have to do it for each program, though.
1. Run (office program) ie. Word. Open a document, create a new one, or whatever (or push <ESC>. The goal is to move past the startup screen.

2. Click File, Options.

3. In the General window (which should appear by default), look to the "Start up options" section. Uncheck the box marked Show the Start screen when this application starts.

4. Click OK.

That's all there is to it. Now just repeat the process in Excel and PowerPoint. The next time you start each of these programs, you'll go straight to the edit screen, same as in prior versions of Office.

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