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Disable Microsoft Office 2013’s Start Screen

Microsoft Office 2013 starts up with a screen showing you templates and recently opened documents. If you find this annoying and would rather get straight to work, all you need to do is change one registry entry.

How-To Geek shows us the simple steps. Enter the registry editor by typing “regedit” in Windows’ search. Then navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice15.0CommonGeneral

Look for the key called “DisableBootToOfficeStart” and double-click it then change its value from 0 to 1.

If the key isn’t there, you can create it. Hit up the link below for more information, including how to disable specific Office programs from showing that start screen.

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Cory Fiala

Technology and outdoor enthusiast. Currently the sole systems administrator for a local K-12 school district with 800+ staff and 5,500+ students. I support windows servers (2012R2-2022), Linux systems (FreeBSD and Ubuntu), along with vSphere (4 node cluster). Total is almost 60 virtual machines and 8 physical servers. This doesn't include my personal homelab.

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