The Start Screen provides three options: opening a previously accessed document, creating a new document from a template, or starting with a blank document.
Under the Recent section, you can find a list of previously opened documents, while the New section displays various templates. To access additional templates, simply click on the New icon situated on the left-hand side of the screen. Clicking on a template’s thumbnail will generate a new document based on that particular template.
Clicking on the Blank document template will allow you to start with an empty document, where you will be presented with a blank page.
If Word is launched by opening a document, the Word Start Screen will not be displayed. In addition, you can choose to disable the Start Screen, which will result in Word launching with a blank document. You will learn how to do that in the following chapters of this tutorial series.