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.


  1. Just what I needed. Thank you.

  2. Thanks. Really Helped me!

  3. Nice! Just what I was looking for

  4. Thank you so much! This was driving me crazy.

  5. Yes, all of the above

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

    1. Ravi Shankar Avatar
      Ravi Shankar

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

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

  9. Debbie Bee Avatar
    Debbie Bee

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

  10. 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.

  11. Excellent !! What a time-saver

  12. Kevin Dondrea Avatar
    Kevin Dondrea

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

  13. Nemo Netsted Avatar
    Nemo Netsted

    Thanks a lot – that did it!

  14. Thank you so much!

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. Thanks, to the point

  19. Many thanks for sharing your expertise!

  20. Thank you sooooo much!

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