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How to Disable the Office 2013 Start Screen

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When you open an Office 2013 program, a start screen automatically displays showing you the various templates available and a list of recent documents opened in the left column. If you find this screen annoying and would rather pass it by, it’s easy to disable.

To do this, we will make a change to the registry.

NOTE: Before making changes to the registry, be sure you back it up. We also recommend creating a restore point you can use to restore your system if something goes wrong.

To open the registry editor, press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Enter “regedit” (without the quotes) in the Open edit box and click OK.

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If the User Account Control dialog box displays, click Yes to continue.

NOTE: You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings.

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Navigate to the following key.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\General

Look for the key called DisableBootToOfficeStart, listed in the right-hand pane. If it’s not in the list, create it by right-clicking on the General key in the tree on the left (or in an empty space in the right pane) and moving the cursor over New on the popup menu and selecting DWORD (32-bit) Value from the sub popup menu.

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The new value is called New Value #1 by default and the text is highlighted.

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Change the name to DisableBootToOfficeStart and double-click on it.

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Change the value in the Value data edit box to 1 and click OK. This disables the Start Screen in all Office 2013 applications.

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The value displayed changes to 1.

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If you want to disable the Start Screen for specific Office 2013 applications, you can do so by navigating to the Options key for the desired app. For example, to disable the Start Screen for Word, navigate to the following key and add the DisableBootToOfficeStart key, if necessary, and set its value to 1, as described above.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Word\Options

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To close the Registry Editor, select Exit from the File menu.

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To undo these changes and enable the Start Screen in all Office applications or specific ones, change the DisableBootToOfficeStart value to 0 or just delete the value.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 07/9/13

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