[How to] Turn off the Startup Task Pane in MS Word


Follow these steps to prevent the task pane from opening automatically when you start Word 2003. The startup pane is the pane that’s displayed in the right-hand side of the screen when you start Word.
To turn off the Startup Task Pane, follow these steps:

  • On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click View.
  • Clear the Show Startup Task Pane checkbox.