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Lose the Start Screen and Open/Save Documents Faster

By default, Word 2013 doesn't open a blank document when you run it the program; and it makes opening and saving document annoying due to several previously unnecessary clicks. Here's how to solve these problems.

Kill the Start Screen: First, you'll want to turn off the "Start Screen" when you launch Word so you get directly into a blank document where you can start typing. To do this, click the File menu > Options button (left side, bottom) > General (left side, top) > uncheck "Show the Start screen when this application starts (middle, bottom of the screen) > OK button. Exit Word and re-launch it to see the difference this adjustment makes.

Don't Go Backstage: If you'd prefer to go directly to a browse window when you save or open (as prior versions did), just follow these steps. Click the File menu > Options button (left side, bottom) > Save (left side, top) > check "Don't show the Backstage when opening or saving files" (roughly in the middle of the dialog) > OK button.

Default Save to your Computer Rather Than SkyDrive: You'll notice that when you Save or Save As, SkyDrive will be the default (see below). Of course, most people will want to save documents to their computer by default and it's annoying t have to click "Computer" every time. To make this the default selection, click the File menu > Options button (left side, bottom) > Save (left side, top) > check "Save to Computer by default" (roughly in the middle of the dialog) > OK button.

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