How to launch Word 2013 with blank document

Word 2013 by default displays the start screen during the launch. But if you find this feature not useful and want to always open blank document when launching the application then you can use the settings available part Word 2013 options.

Word 2013 template

Step 1: Launch Word 2013 and click the File menu.

Step 2: From the left hand sidebar, select Options from the list.

Word 2013 options

Step 3: In the Word Options window, navigate to Startup Options under the General tab.

Word 2013 startup options

Step 4: Unmark the check box with label as Show the Start screen when this application starts. Then click OK button to confirm and save the changes.

Now when ever you launch Word 2013 it will open a blank document.

In Category: MS Office, Office 2013, Word 2013

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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  • Ed December 20, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Just what I needed. Thank you.

  • Bob February 19, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Thanks. Really Helped me!

  • Cory February 24, 2013, 9:28 am

    Nice! Just what I was looking for

  • Nancita April 3, 2013, 5:17 am

    Thank you so much! This was driving me crazy.

  • hannah May 22, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Yes, all of the above

  • Chris October 29, 2013, 9:14 pm

    What a godsend. I’ve been searching for a way to do this. Annoyed the heck out of me that Word always opened to these ridiculous templates I wouldn’t use in a million years. Does Microsoft not realize that the vast majority of customers use Word for — duh — word processing? Thank you.

  • Tina November 9, 2013, 1:41 am

    Whenever I open a blank document, a table appears. When I start typing and hit enter another table (box) appears. Does anyone know how to get rid of the table?

  • Ravi Shankar November 9, 2013, 9:42 am

    May be word template has this box included. Try editing your normal template.

  • Karen Kno February 18, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Thank you! The copied screens in your instructions helped so much.

  • Debbie Bee July 15, 2014, 1:57 am

    I have been looking for this default change since I updated from 2010 to 2013 two weeks ago. Thank you

  • Jame August 11, 2014, 8:16 am

    Awesome, thank you! Why can’t Microsoft quit adding all this junk and make it “add on” to those that want it instead of making people have to make so many adjustments just to use the program as they were used to.

  • Jan November 20, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Excellent !! What a time-saver

  • Kevin Dondrea December 16, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Thank you. Although I’m looking for the registry key. It is a nice article though and very helpful.

  • Nemo Netsted March 30, 2015, 5:22 pm

    Thanks a lot – that did it!

  • Ammar July 18, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Andrea August 14, 2015, 2:31 pm

    Thanks, simple, clear, straight forward instructions. Job done 🙂

  • Tom September 10, 2015, 9:36 pm

    Ravi after spending at least a hour with a Microsoft techy who said there was no way to do your fix I can not tell you how delighted I am with your two minute fix. Thanks a million, I’m sorry we can’t lift a glass of King Fisher, you’ve made a silk purse out of a pigs ear!

  • c September 11, 2015, 10:48 pm

    Thanks a lot.
    MS always comes up with some crap in every new version. that users will keep running around to find options.
    I hate MS for this

  • Noor September 18, 2015, 5:51 pm

    Thanks, to the point

  • RuthJ December 19, 2015, 10:11 pm

    Many thanks for sharing your expertise!

  • Chris August 5, 2016, 1:51 am

    Thank you sooooo much!

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