If you’re sick of staring at that or 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, and the splash screen has just gotten annoying to look at. 

If you want to disable it, you can do so with a simple flag. This won’t change anything about the program, just the 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 FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice14WINWORD.EXE” /q 
  • “C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice14EXCEL.EXE” /e
  •  ”C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice14POWERPOINT.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. 

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