WD2000: Cannot Suppress the Word Startup Splash Screen

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SYMPTOMS

You cannot suppress the Word 2000 startup splash screen.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain Microsoft Office 2000 Service Release 1/1a (SR-1/SR-1a).

To obtain SR-1/SR-1a, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
245025 OFF2000: How to Obtain and Install Microsoft Office 2000 Service Release 1/1a (SR-1/SR-1a)

After you apply Office 2000 Service Release 1, you can suppress the Word 2000 startup splash screen by using the "/q" switch when you start Word.

NOTE: This startup switch does NOT work in the initial release of Microsoft Word 2000 (non-SR-1 version).

To determine whether you have Microsoft Word 2000 Service Release 1 (SR-1), click About Microsoft Word on the Help menu.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1/SR-1a.

MORE INFORMATION

To use a command-line switch to start Word, use one of the following methods.

NOTE: If you put the switch inside the closing quotation mark of either of the following methods and then click OK, the following error message appears:
Cannot find the file 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Winword.exe /q' (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.

Method 1: Use the Run Command

To start Microsoft Word with the "/q" command line switch from the Windows Start menu, follow these steps:
  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. Click Browse.
  3. Go to the Office folder, click Winword.exe, and then click Open. The Winword.exe file is located in the following folder by default:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office

    NOTE: The path to Winword.exe is enclosed within quotation marks.
  4. Click in the Open box, and reposition the insertion point outside (to the right of) the closing quotation mark at the end of the path statement.
  5. Type a space followed by the switch you want to use.

    For example, use the following in the Open box:
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Winword.exe" /q

Method 2: Create a New Shortcut on the Windows Desktop

To start Microsoft Word with the "/q" command-line switch by using a new shortcut on your Windows Desktop, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the Windows Desktop.
  2. On the shortcut menu that appears, point to New and click Shortcut.
  3. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, click Browse.
  4. Browse to and click Winword.exe. The Winword.exe file can be found (by default) in the following folder:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office
  5. Click Open to close the Browse dialog box.
  6. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, the Command line box should look similar to the following:
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Winword.exe"
  7. Click in the Command line box, and move the insertion point to the right of the closing quotation mark. Type a space and then type /q. The Command line box should now look similar to the following:
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Winword.exe" /q
  8. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, click Next.
  9. In the Select a name for the shortcut box, type what you want to name your new Word shortcut, and then click Finish.

REFERENCES

For additional information about other command-line switches that can be used to start Word, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
210565 WD2000: Word Startup (Command-Line) Switches and Their Purpose

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Article ID: 252669 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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