How To Disable Office 2010 Splash Screen

We all have seen the splash screen that appears whenever we launch a Microsoft Office program. Be it Word, Excel, PowerPoint or any other Office program, a splash screen appears on the screen before actually starting the program. It looks pretty on the first run but the same screen starts frustrating when you launch Office programs again and again.

Office Word 2010 Splash Screen

The splash screen in the latest version of Office suite, Microsoft Office 2010, is useful in some aspects. It displays all loading add-ones and other things and also lets you close the program in the mid-way, without having to wait for the window to launch. But if you run Office programs several times in a day, then watching the same splash screen again and again for 3-5 seconds might frustrate you.

Users who would like to get rid of the splash screen and speed up Office startup can follow any one of the methods given below.

Method 1: The easiest way to run an Office program without the splash screen. In this method, we use a switch to launch an Office program without the splash screen. Thanks to Jerry

# Open Start menu. In the search box, type winword /q to launch the Office Word without the splash screen.

# To open Excel program without the splash screen, type excel /e and hit enter.

# To open PowerPoint without the splash screen, type powerpoint /s and press enter.

Method 2: Users who would like to create a shortcut of Office programs on the desktop can follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Do a right-click on the desktop, select New and then select Shortcut to launch Create shortcut wizard.

Disable Office 2010 Splash Screen

Step 2: In the wizard, under Type the location of the item box, enter the full path to the Office program that you wish to launch without the splash screen. At the end of the path, add the switch (see the list below).

For example, if you want to create a shortcut of Office Word 2010 on desktop and path to winword.exe file is “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE”, then the full path after typing switch will be:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\WINWORD.EXE” /q

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(Here, /q is the switch for Word)

Step 3: Click Next button, enter a name for the shortcut and finally click on the Finish button to see the shortcut on the desktop. Double-click on the new desktop shortcut to run the program without splash screen.

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Use /e switch for Excel, and /s for PowerPoint programs.

Users who haven’t installed Office 2010 on their PCs may want to download PowerPoint Viewer 2010 and Visio Viewer 2010 programs.



  1. Maged says

    I found out that these tips do not work if word (or any of the office suite apps) are launched by clicking on e.g. any word document which is what is mostly happening in my case (i.e. I usually don’t open Word first) so these tips are pretty useless in my situation:(

  2. Davin Peterson says

    I like that Microsoft added a minimize and close button at top of the splash screen, so If accidentally opened Outlook, I can close it without waiting for the entire program to load.

  3. admin says

    @ Dan F

    It seems we need to change some registry settings to disable Outlook splash screen. Will cover about the same soon.

  4. Dan F says

    What would be the shortcut for doing this in outlook? The outlook splash screen is the most annoying one, and its the first one I have to look at each morning

  5. Nabil Alkourainy says

    Thank you for this neat trick. What about for Publisher, Outlook, OneNote, any shortcuts sans splash screen for those?

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