How to suppress the Word startup splash screen when you start Word

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INTRODUCTION

This article describes how to use a command-line switch to suppress the startup splash screen when you start Microsoft Word.

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To use a command-line switch to suppress the Word startup splash screen, use either of the following methods.

Important If you place the switch inside the closing quotation mark of either of the following methods and then click OK, you receive the following error message:
Cannot find the file 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\Winword.exe /q' (or one of its components). Make sure the path and file name are correct and that all required libraries are available.

Method 1: Use the "Run" command

To start Word by using the /q command-line switch from the Start menu, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Click Browse.
  3. Locate the Office folder, click Winword.exe, and then click Open.

    By default, the Winword.exe file is located in the following folder:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12
    Note The path of the Winword.exe file is enclosed within quotation marks.
  4. Click anywhere in the Open box, and then reposition the insertion point outside (to the right of) the closing quotation mark at the end of the path statement.
  5. Type a space, and then type the switch that you want to use.

    For example, type the following in the Open box:
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\Winword.exe" /q

Method 2: Create a new shortcut on the Windows desktop

To start Word by using the /q command-line switch by using a new shortcut on the Windows desktop, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the Windows desktop.
  2. On the menu that appears, point to New, and then click Shortcut.
  3. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, click Browse.
  4. Browse to and then click Winword.exe.

    By default, the Winword.exe file can be found in the following folder:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12
  5. Click Open to close the Browse dialog box.
  6. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, the Command line box should resemble the following:
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\Winword.exe"
  7. Click anywhere in the Command line box, and then 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 resemble the following:
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\Winword.exe" /q
  8. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, click Next.
  9. In the Select a name for the shortcut box, type the name that you want for your new Word shortcut, and then click Finish.
For more information about other command-line switches that you can use to start Word, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
210565 How to use startup command line switches to start Word 2003, Word 2002, and Word 2000

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Article ID: 291139 - Last Review: March 27, 2007 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
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