Did you know that all editions of Microsoft Word support several start up parameters that can be helpful in more than one occasion? The easiest way to start Word with parameters would be to create a shortcut of the winword.exe file, right-click the shortcut and select Properties from the menu and append the switches at the end of the Target line.
Windows may not be able to place the shortcut in the same folder, but will suggest to save it on the desktop instead. Here you can right-click the file and select properties to add the parameters to the target field there.
It is possible to use the command line instead and append the switches behind the Word executable. It would look like the following Path to Word/winword.exe \switch. I will not comment on all command line switches available, only on those that I find useful enough to be included in the list.
The /q parameter bypasses the splash screen
Here is a tip that I found useful. If you use a switch that calls a file with spaces put that file in "", for example "Ghacks Technology News".
The list of parameters that you can run winword.exe with.
For a full list, check out Microsoft's support website.
The command line switches can be quite useful at times. While some may not make sense on a permanent basis, for instance those that load a specific document, they may speed up things if you work on a particular document for an extended period of time.
Instead of having to run Word and then load the document once Word has loaded, you can use the /t parameter so that it gets loaded automatically when you click on the shortcut.Advertisement
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