Microsoft Office 2013 has been out for a while now. While it has a clean feel and design, it can detract from what we were used to in 2010. The issues are related to design and can be easily altered, or reverted, back to look like 2010.

Remember that although these tips make the 2010 features stand out, the functions of 2013 are not altered or taken away by any means. Some of these are registry tweaks while others are changes with the 2013 options.

Tips to Customize Office 2013

1) The Office Start Screen


When Word 2013 is opened, it automatically shows recent documents in the left pane and various templates to the right. The same is the case for other portions of the suite like PowerPoint and Excel.

This screen requires an additional mouse click to get a blank document open. Most of the time we want to open MS Word and begin typing or pasting content right away. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix to restore this feature back to Office 2010.

How to fix:

Press “Esc” on this Start screen and go to “File > Options > General.” Uncheck the bottom option to “Show the Start Screen when this application starts.” This procedure can be followed for any app of the suite.


A registry tweak, however, is available to disable the Start screen in all applications at once.


Browse to the above key and look for the item “DisableBootToOfficeStart” in the right pane or create it if it doesn’t exist.


Double-click it and use “1” as the “Value data.”


We have created a Registry file for you so that the above changes can be applied with a single click.

Download this registry file to apply this setting

2) Menu Tab Capitalization


Office 2013 apps all have uppercase letters for menu tab names. While it’s not seemingly prevalent, it actually makes a noticeable difference once they’re changed back to lowercase like in 2010.

How to fix:

Go to “File > Options > Customize Ribbon.” Right-click to rename each tab name with a space after the word. The changes are immediate after closing out of the settings.


Instead of doing this manual task on each and every menu item for all the Office apps, download our zip file that has these customizations already completed. Open each app and go to “File > Options > Customize Ribbon” to import the correct custom file.


We have created a Registry file for you so that the above changes can be applied with a single click.

Download the Menu customization file

3) Opening Documents the Easy Way


When pressing “Ctrl+O” in Office 2010, an Open dialog box would appear to easily allow choosing a file to edit. 2013 requires you to choose a place to open the file from. While this is useful for selecting SkyDrive or Recent Documents, it’s different and slower than 2010 and can be annoying.

How to fix:

No settings or registry tweaks are required for this fix. Press “Ctrl+F12” to open the regular Open dialog box.

4) Saving Documents : Changing the Default Save Location


In an effort to persuade the use of SkyDrive, it appears as the default save location when saving a new file. This can easily cause accidental selections and waste valuable time. Get the regular default save location back with a simple change in settings.

How to fix:

Open the “File > Options > Save” section of any application’s options and enable “Save to Computer by default.” Get rid of SkyDrive entirely by unchecking the option just above, to “Show additional places for saving.”


5) Typing Animation Setting

A new animation style has been applied to the Office products that shows a smooth animation when entering in data. It’s more noticeable the faster you type because the cursor begins to seemingly become slower as the words are entered.

Press the “enter” key several times and you’ll notice this effect as well.

How to fix:

We’ll use a registry tweak to make the change.


Find this path in the registry. If the “Graphics” folder isn’t present, right-click “Common” and make the new key.


Then right-click “Graphics” and make a new DWORD Value called “DisableAnimation.”


Open the new item and assign “1” as the Value.


We have created a Registry file for you so that the above changes can be applied with a single click.

Download this registry file to disable typing animation


Microsoft Office 2013 is no doubt appealing to the eye. Change isn’t always appealing, though, so apply these tips to Office to get some of that originality back.