In this chapter, we will discuss the Start Screen in Word 2016. Once you launch Word, the initial screen that greets you is commonly referred to as the Word Start Screen, it will look like the image below.

The Start Screen in Word 2016

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.