Registry Tweak to Disable Start Screen for All Applications in Microsoft Office 2013

The new Microsoft Office 2013 version comes with a new Start Screen feature which is similar to Windows 8 Start Screen. Office 2013 Start Screen shows tiles of some predefined templates which help users in creating new documents quickly and easily.

This new Start Screen immediately appears on screen as soon as you launch an Office 2013 application such as Word, Excel, etc.


If you are an old user of Microsoft Office and don't like this new Start Screen, you can turn it off using Office Options as mentioned in following tutorial:

How to Bypass or Completely Disable Start Screen in Microsoft Office 2013 Applications?

But there is one small problem! You'll need to disable Start Screen separately in all Office applications such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc. There is no option given to disable Start Screen for all Office applications.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to share a Registry tweak which will help you in disabling the new Start Screen in all Office 2013 applications in a single step. So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

1. Disable Start Screen in All Microsoft Office 2013 Applications

1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type regedit and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD DisableBootToOfficeStart and set its value to 1


4. That's it. It'll immediately disable Start Screen in all Office 2013 applications.

If you want to re-enable Start Screen in future, simply set DWORD value to 0 or delete the DWORD.

NOTE: If you turn on / off Start Screen in any particular Office 2013 application manually, it'll overwrite the above mentioned setting.

2. Disable Start Screen in Specific Microsoft Office 2013 Application

If you want to disable Start Screen in a specific Office 2013 program using Registry, check out following steps:

1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type regedit and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to any of following keys according to your requirements:

For Microsoft Word 2013:

For Microsoft Excel 2013:

For Microsoft PowerPoint 2013:

For Microsoft Access 2013:

For Microsoft Visio 2013:

For Microsoft Project 2013:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\MS Project\Options\General

For Microsoft Publisher 2013:

3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD DisableBootToOfficeStart and set its value to 1


4. That's it. It'll immediately disable Start Screen in your desired Office 2013 application.

If you want to re-enable Start Screen in future, simply set DWORD value to 0 or delete the DWORD.

PS: If you don't want to modify Registry yourself and want a ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get separate .REG files to disable Start Screen in Office 2013 applications:

Download Registry Scripts to Disable Start Screen in Microsoft Office 2013 Applications

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  • Nice! Thanks Mr. Gupta.

  • does disable office start screen increase office start up time?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. It'll definitely make it faster because Start Screen will not appear and you'll directly see the main Office application window.

  • Thanks,
    Certainly helps speeds up the opening of all the Office Programs.

  • Thanks for the ready made registry script! You're the best Mr.VG!

  • Awesome tweak VG. That's why I love this site. :D

  • Now if only there were a way to disable windows start screen on startup.

  • VG

    ^^ You can:

  • I tried creating the Access key -- afterwards, when I opened Access 2013, it still had the startup screen. I tried the general Office key -- same results. I ran the scripts provided -- same results. I still have the startup screen. How can I get rid of it?

  • VG

    ^^ You can try the manual method:

  • I am having the same issue as Helen when it comes to Access 2031. The registry tweak method (both global and individual) are ignored and the manual method suggestion is not possible because Access is the only component that does not have ..........

    "Show the Start screen when this application starts"

    as an option under the Options/General section - or is the option under a different section?

  • I do not wish to remove the startup screen. Rather, I wish to tweak it to show my personal templates (stored on the computer, not the web). How can I do that ?

  • didn't work. nothing works. hate the splash screen especially since it take forever to load

  • Didn't work for me either. I tried everything mentioned. There must be some global override somewhere, and I don't know enough to begin to know where to look. I wish they had made adding the screen the option instead of causing current users to agonizing over getting rid of it.

    By the way, I also wish I could get rid of that extra screen that shows up when I do file/save as.)

  • Beautiful solution for almost oversighted option no one thinks can be necessary to turn off on user's request. Solved my issue to script this in PowerShell for my work community.
    Thanks a million!

  • The entry for Publisher does not work. In true Microsoft fashion, they are never consistent between all applications. To disable the startup screen for Publisher 2013, use the following registry entries instead:



    Both are string datatypes. The "FirstRun" entry (which sets the "(Default)" value for that key) is only needed if you are trying to disable the Startup screen prior to the user starting up Publisher for the first time. For everyone else, you only need the "UseStartupDlg" entry.

    I haven't looked, but I wouldn't be surprised if the key for Access' startup screen is similar. Easy way to find it is to start Access for the first time, close Access, export the registry for Access, then start Access, manually change the "don't show startup screen" checkbox option, close Access, export the registry again and then put both files through a Diff tool to see what's different - this is how I discovered the correct Publisher key.

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