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JAWS with Microsoft Office Tip: Turning Off the Backstage Menu

Released: 4/8/2021


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Have you ever been frustrated when you open Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint and you start in the Backstage Menu? You say to yourself, "I just want to start typing."

How do you know you are in the Backstage Menu in Word? JAWS will say "New List box. Blank document." Once you hear this you have to press ESCAPE to land in a blank document.

Let's change the option in Word to turn this off:

• Open Word and press ESCAPE.

• Press ALT+F to open the menu.

• Press the letter "T" for Options.

• JAWS will say "Word Options Categories List box General."

• Now press ALT+H to move to and change the setting "Show the Start screen when this application starts."

• JAWS will tell you if the option is checked or unchecked.

• Use the SPACEBAR to toggle this option.

• Press ENTER to save this setting.

The Power of JAWS!


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