How to disable start screen in Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft has introduced new feature known as Start Screen in Office 2013, which is similar to the Start screen in Windows 8 with metro UI. Left hand pane in the Office app display the most recently opened documents where as the right side pane shows the different formats and templates which can be used to create the new document. This start screen is available for all the apps in the Microsoft Office 2013 suite.

Similar to Windows 8 Start screen, Office 2013 start screen also received the mixed response from the users. Few users like the old layout because most of them feel comfortable with the old interface. If you don’t like the new interface then here is how to disable it.

How to disable start screen in Microsoft Office 2013

There are different ways to disable the start screen in Office 2013, let use see here few methods.

Using Office Customization tool

Office Customization tool is the great application to customize each and every thing on your Office through the Group Policy Editor.

  • Download Office Customization Tool and double click on it to run. This will extract all the files on to the specific folder.
  • From the extracted files navigate to the folder ADMX and copy all the files with ADMX extension to the folder, C:WindowsPolicyDefinitions.
    windows-policy-definitions
  • ADMX folder will contain the folders that are named against each language of Office 2013 and here you need to go to language folder of Office 2013 and copy all ADML files to C:WindowsPolicyDefinitions folder.
  • Now launch run box by pressing Win+R keys and enter gpedit.msc and this will launch Group Policy editor.
  • Now go to User configuration > Administrative templates and here you can see all the Office 2013 apps listed.
    Group-Policy-Editor
  • Expand any Office application and go to the miscellaneous sub-folder.
    Excel-Options
  • In the right side pane click on Disable the Office start screen for <app>, here <app> represents the any Office app name, let it be Excel, Word or anything.
  • In the following window, you will find three radio buttons, “Not configured”, “enabled” and “disabled”. Select disabled from the options and from now Start screen will be disabled for that particular app.
    Disable-the-Office-Start-screen

If you want to disable it for all the apps in Office suite, then do the same for all the apps in Office 2013 suite.

Using Windows Registry

Using above you can disable start screen for individual apps in Office 2013, if you want to disable start screen for all the apps at once, then you can do it through Windows Registry.

  • Open Run bar by pressing WIN+R keys and enter regedit to open Windows Registry.
  • Navigate to the following Registry Key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice15.0CommonGeneral
  • Now in the right side pane, check for item DisableBootToOfficeStart, if doesn’t exit then create the new item with the same name. It is the DWORD item, so if you want to disable the start screen then set its value to ‘1’ or to enable make the value to ‘0’.
    Disabling-all-Office-Start-screens

If you want to disable the start screen for the specific app of Office 2013 using the Registry, then you can go to the option key of that specific Office app. For example for Word, the path will be

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice15.0ExcelOptions

After moving to the above path, you need to repeat the third step again.

Above two methods are bit complicated and looks technical, so these are not for the beginner and who want to get rid of Start Screen easily.

Using Program options

Using Program options it is very easy to disable the start screen. You need to just go to File Menu > Options > General and un-check the Show Start screen when this application starts option and this disables the start screen for that particular application.

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