There is always a start screen each time you launch any Microsoft Office application such as the MS Word or Excel or even the PowerPoint application. While the start screen presents you with a list of quick guides such as templates, your last edited documents and other important things on the screen, you might just want to create your own document from scratch using a blank document.
Although there are adjustable settings when dealing with this on the Office 365 Subscription or the Standalone version like the Office 2016 or 2019. But the aims of this Guide is to walk you through launching your Office app to always start from a blank document.
The 3 aforementioned applications ustilises nearly the same methods and since they’re all in the Office echo system, they function almost the same way just that they’re used for different things entirely. But if you want to always skip the start screen whenever you launch either of this apps, here is how you do it.
- Open an Office document. For example, Word.
- Create a new blank document.
- Click on File.
- Click on Options.
- Click on General.
- Under the “Start up options” section, clear the following options:
- Tell me if Microsoft Word isn’t the default program for viewing and editing documents.
- Open e-mail attachments and other uneditable files in reading view.
- Show the Start screen when this application starts.
- Click the OK button.
As soon as you’ve completed all the steps above, when next you open let’s say the MS Word application, it will automatically present you with a blank dpcument rather than the Start Screen.
While this same settings applies to the rest of the applications (Excel and PowerPoint) there could be minimal differences under the “Start Up Options” but what you should note is to make sure that the Show the Start screen when this application starts option is unchecked.