How to Turn the Start Screen On or Off in Office 2013 Apps
By default Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher 2013 opens a Start screen where you can select a template (on the right) or recent document on the left.
This tutorial will show you how to turn the Start screen on or off in Office 2013 apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.
Once you have loaded any template and can see Ribbon menu, click on the FILE
Go all the way down, and click on the OPTIONS
In Options window, go to the General
tab and uncheck option Show the Start screen when this application starts
(at the very bottom of the window).
Now your Office application will load automatically into first general template like in previous version of Office!