By default, when you launch Microsoft Word 2016, the first thing you’ll see is the Start, or Welcome, screen ("Word Document Gallery" in Word 2016 for Mac). You can use this screen to choose to start with a new blank document, from a template, or from and existing document. If you don’t use templates or if you would prefer to start with a blank document every time you open Word, then the start screen is an extra, unnecessary step. In this movie we'll see how to disable the Start screen in Word.
- [Voiceover] By default, when you launch Word 2016, the very first thing that you'll see is the start screen, which is sometimes refereed to as the welcome screen, or in Word 2016 for Mac, there's a very similar screen called the word document gallery. This screen is really handy for helping you choose whether you want to start a new blank document, or a new document from another template, or if you want to open an existing document, but what if you don't use the templates? What if you would prefer to start with a blank document every time you open Word? In that case, this start screen may be just an extra unnecessary step that you want to skip, so let's see how we can disable the start screen, and of course we're gonna start here on Windows, and then we'll switch over to the Mac version.
Here on Windows, we're gonna need to get into the options panel, which you cannot do from the start screen itself, so what I'm gonna do is open up just a blank document, I'll choose the blank document template here, and now that I'm in the normal document editing interface, I can go to the backstage view just by hitting the File button up in the top left. I'm gonna go to Options. I want to make sure I'm in the general category, then I'll go down to where it says Startup options, and I want to uncheck or disable this option that says, show the start screen when this application starts.
I want to make sure that that's unchecked, I'll hit OK, and we'll just reset by quitting Word. Now, when I launch Word, you'll see that it does not go to the start screen. Instead it goes straight to a new blank document. Now this is really a personal preference thing based on your needs, but I like this better, but it does mean that I interact with Word a little differently from people who do use the start screen. If I want to open an existing document for example, what I'm gonna do, let me just quit Word here so I can show you.
To open an existing document, I'm not gonna start by going into Word itself. Instead, I'm gonna go into a folder on my hard drive where I have a word document, I'll double-click on it, and of course it will launch that document in Word. Or, if I do want to just start with a blank document, of course I can go straight into the start menu, launch Word, and I've got a new blank document. Or, in the rare case where I do want to start from a template, I can open up Word, go into the backstage view, hit the option for New, and now I have the same template chooser that you would see on the start screen.
Okay, so that's how you can set this up on Windows. Let's do the same thing on a Mac. Here on the Mac, I'm going to just start by launching Word, just so you can see the very first thing that I see is the word document gallery, and this is the thing that we're going to disable. Now here on a Mac, you do not need to create a new document to go into the settings. What I can do is go into the main Word menu up here at the top, go into Preferences, then to the General category, and then simply disable this option that says show word document gallery when opening Word.
With that disabled, I'll close settings, I'll quit Word, and now when I launch word, you'll see it does not go to the document gallery, it goes straight to a blank document. So that's how you can disable the start screen. Now, lots of my tips in this course are gonna be small things like this that will save you a little bit of time each time you use them, but I think collectively they can make a big time difference, and will make things run smoother in the long run. Another thing I want you to think about as you go through the rest of this course, there are lots of options in the settings in Word that might be really useful to you.
A lot of the tips in this course will relate to a simple setting like the one that we just saw, and there are lots of other options here in the settings panel either on Mac or on Windows, that could be really valuable to you. If you do nothing else in this course, if you just spend five or 10 minutes exploring the settings panel, I bet you'll find two or three small adjustments that will make a huge difference for you.
Note: These tutorials apply to both the Windows and Mac versions of Word 2016.
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