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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