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How to Disable the Splash Screens in Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

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Every time you open a Microsoft Office application, you have to wait for the splash screen to disappear. If you want this to go away, here’s how you can disable the startup screen.

Note: Since we are creating a shortcut this will only disable the splash screens when creating a new document, but it will not be disabled when you open a document by double-clicking on it.

This guide assumes you have the x86 version of Office 2010 installed on a x64 edition of Windows. However if your configuration is different you can find the files to create shortcuts to in the following locations:

x86 Office on x86 Windows

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

x64 Office on x64 Windows

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

Just remember if your binaries are in a different location, you mustn’t forget to add the switch to the end of the shortcut or it wont work Smile

Word

Right-click on the your desktop and select new, then click on shortcut.

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Now paste the following into the location box and then click next.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE” /q

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Now give your shortcut a name and click finish.

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Excel

Right-click on the your desktop and select new, then click on shortcut.

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Now paste the following into the location box and then click next.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE” /e

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Now give your shortcut a name and click finish.

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Powerpoint

Right-click on the your desktop and select new, then click on shortcut.

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Now paste the following into the location box and then click next.

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\POWERPNT.EXE” /s

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Now give your shortcut a name and click finish.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 02/22/12

Comments (23)

  1. Mice

    Useless for me. In fact, the wait period before the program starts is the same as when using the flash screens. From now on, if I use these shortcuts, I might be concerned if the program is going to start at all, lol. Thanks for this article, though.

  2. Cedric

    Get yourself an SSD and the problem of slow staring Office Applications is gone :)

  3. Chad

    How about for one note and outlook?

    Thanks for the great tips, I love reading How-To-Geek!

  4. Citrus Rain

    And here’s me thinking the splash screen had a delay timer on it.
    No speed boost in this article. :(

  5. r

    i wish the splash screen was actually longer, if it can afford me a few more seconds of not having to work.
    What’s the rush?

  6. Yeah Right

    Is it possible to make your own splash screen to replace the their splash screen, as I have down with Mozilla Thundarbird and Mozilla Waterfox?

  7. jabits

    This is a useless tip. The splash screens are not siting there wasting your time. Program initialization is being done during this time, and must be done whether the splash screen shows or not.
    -thanks, jabits

  8. Rob

    When I double-click an already existing file, the splash page still shows up. Maybe a tip to show how to remove the splash screen when opening a file will be better. I open files directly much more frequently than launching the application then clicking File->Open…

  9. Slomem

    Taylor,
    Thanks for the article. Oh yeah your background screen is nice. Can you share with us on where you got it?

  10. Taylor Gibb

    @Slomem, i got it on deviantART

  11. AlanWade

    Creating a shortcut for the Office Products also allows you to change their awful icons!

    Like many others, I wish there was a way to lose the Outlook splash screen.

  12. JackCrow

    Are you aware that this is a tip in existence since Office 2000/3?

  13. Tangmeister

    Hey, friendly editors at Howtogeek,

    Lemme start off with this- I really appreciate all you guys do! One of my favourite sites out there.

    I think this should be possible with opening new documents, if you go to the Registry where the filetype associations are stored, somewhere under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/, etc (I don’t recall where) and adding the /s manually to each associated filetype’s .exe path.

    If it does, please add it! If not, well, I gave it a try :)

  14. Karina Kaminski

    The splash screen serves a purpose – it lets you know the program is loading during an otherwise uncomfortable couple of seconds when nothing appears to happen. Disabling it doesn’t speed up loading the program. Also the splash screen gives you information about add-ins being loaded and their status.

  15. user

    Switch for Outlook? e, s, q do not work.

  16. Cambo

    I agree with others suggesting that disabling the splash screen is necessary.

    What happens if you have add-ons that aren’t functioning and have since been unloaded by Office? The splash screen tells you this.

    I’m really not sure why you’d want to do this. It in no way speeds up the loading of Office. I find Office 2010 loads pretty darn fast on it’s own.

  17. Cambo

    …above comment should have read “UN-necessary

  18. Armand

    Dosen’t work with Outlook

  19. Armand

    “C:\Archivos de programa\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE” /o
    Dosen’t work with Outlook

  20. deno

    very nice article, esp teh splash screens in office 2010 is a pain.. this can reduce that time for initializting the application

    Thanks

  21. craisin

    As most people are saying, the splash screen in these circumstances ARE really needed (unlike a lot of programs) since you are being advised about Add-Ins being loaded etc.

    Trust Microsoft though to have different switches in each case! I would have thought a standard of “/q” would be the best (“Quiet).

    Since there is no speed increase, removal of the slash screen is a BAD idea. If an error happens you may miss vital information….

  22. user

    I actually find it loads faster on my office computer because it is not raided like my home computer.
    If your worried about errors when the program loads then check the event viewer, or run this command with Windows 7 in the cmd box “reliability monitor”
    Jeez, bunch of worry warts!

  23. EduGeek

    Actually this isn’t a bad idea at all as all of you are saying. You’re creating separate shortcuts so if you want the splash screen you can always run the original link and see any errors. I’d expect better from readers of this site.

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