Open Word without a Blank Document Screen

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

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To help readers follow the instructions in this article, we use two different typefaces.

Boldface type is used to identify the names of icons, agendas and URLs.

Sans serif type indicates commands and instructions that users should type into the computer and the names of files.


Q. When I open Word, it automatically evokes a new file (Document1) as a blank document page. That’s fine if I want to start a new document, but more often than not, I just want to open an existing file. Is there a way to stop Word from creating a new, blank document?

A. There sure is. It’s just a matter of changing a Word default. To do that, right-click on the icon that opens Word and then click on Properties . Then skip down to the text line after Target , and using the arrow keys, move to the extreme right end of the line and add a space and then type forward slash n (/n) .

Click on Apply and OK and now Word will open without a blank page.

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