ShowStartupDialog Property
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Application.ShowStartupDialog Property (Word)

Office 2013 and later
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True to display the Task Pane when starting Microsoft Word. Read/write Boolean.

expression .ShowStartupDialog

expression A variable that represents an Application object.

The ShowStartupDialog property is a global option, and the new setting will take effect only after you restart Word. Use the Visible property of the CommandBars collection show or hide the Task Pane without restarting Word.

This example turns off the Task Pane, so it won't display upon starting Word. This will not take effect until the next time the user starts Word.

Sub HideStartUpDlg() 
 Application.ShowStartupDialog = False 
End Sub
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