If you’re sick of staring at that Microsoft Word or Excel splash screen every time you start up the program, this little trick will keep it from popping up before the main window.
While the splash screen can be helpful in telling you that the program’s actually started, Office has gotten fast enough where it doesn’t matter quite as much. If you want to disable it, you can do so with a simple flag. This won’t change anything about the program, just the shortcuts you choose to edit, so you aren’t hacking the program in any irreversible fashion.
To turn off the splash screen, create a new Word, Excel or PowerPoint shortcut on your desktop by doing the following:
- Right-click on the desktop and go to New > Shortcut
- In the box, type one of the following, depending on which program you want the shortcut to activate (these commands are for Microsoft Office 2010):
- “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE” /q
- “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE” /e
- “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\POWERPOINT.EXE” /s
- Hit Next, enter a name for the shortcut (like “Microsoft Word 2010”) and hit Finish.
- Repeat the process for the other two programs, if desired.
That’s it! Now, when you use that shortcut, you should see that the splash screen is gone and that the main window just pops up once it’s loaded. Note that this only works for when you’re opening Office from these shortcuts — not when you open a DOC file from Explorer. To change that, you’ll have to edit the Registry, which is a bit riskier, but will work system-wide. Hit the link to read more.
How To Disable Office 2010 Splash Screen [Into Windows]