Disabling Program Splash Screens

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  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2004 12:10:16 -0400

May 11,  2004 - Issue 5

Disabling Program Splash Screens
By Vic Ferri

Most programs open up with a splash screen to identify or advertise themselves. 
Whether you like to see these screens or not, they do slow down 
the opening of the program, somewhat. Depending on how fast your computer is 
and how huge the program is, this slow down can be just a fraction of
a second or a few full seconds.This is only natural, since the screen, which is 
usually a bitmap image, has to load before the actual application 
can open up. So here I will show you, without having to hack any dll files, how 
you can get rid of the startup  screens of a few of the more popular programs, 
so that they will open up quicker . I will also give a link to a small free 
utility that can kill almost all splash screens.

Outlook Express 5 to 6

A simple registry edit can take care of the  Outlook Express loading screen.
Click Start>Run, type regedit and click OK.
Make your way the  ...Outlook Express\5.0 key here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{your identity number 
here}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0

In the right hand pand of the 5.0 key, right click an empty area and choose 
New>Dword value.
Name it  NoSplash.  Then double click it and enter a value of 1.
And that's it. Exit the registry and try opening Outlook Express. You should 
notice it loads noticeably faster.

Eudora Email

This should apply to all versions of Eudora. Exit Eudora and search for 
Open it with a text editor (it should open up in notepad, by default)
In the [Settings] section, add this line:
Save and exit.

Microsoft Office Programs

You can disable the splash screen on most of the Office programs by using the 
appropriate switch which you enter at the end
of the programs shortcut command line.  To access any of the default Office 
program shortcuts:

Right click the Start button.
Click Open, then open the Programs folder.
Right click the shortcut for the Office program whose splash screen you wish to 
disable, go to Properties and click the Shortcut tab
At the end of the command line in the Target field, add the appropriate switch 
as described below (note that these might not work
on all versions of Office.  I tested only on Office 2000 and XP)

Microsoft Word

Add a "/q" (without the quotes)  to the end of the shortcut's command line:


"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\WINWORD.EXE" /q

Microsoft Powerpoint

Enter "splash" (without the quotes) at the end of the command line.


"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\POWERPNT.EXE" /splash

Microsoft Excel

Add "/e" to the end of the shortcuts command line:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Excel.exe" /e

Microsoft Outlook

If you're wondering about Outlook,you would have to hack outlibr.dll in Outlook 
2000 to remove the btmap for the screen. This requires opening
the file with a resource type editor and deleting  bitmap 7702.  How to do this 
is beyond the scope of this article  However,
the Splash Killer utility mentioned at the end of this article will take care 
of  both the Outlook 2000 and XP splash screens, easily.
For Outlook XP,  I haven't found any way to remove the startup screen (aside 
from using the Splash Killer)  
Tip - even with the splash screen present, you can make Outlook load faster by 
disabling Instant Messaging (Tools>Options>Other)


For all or most versions, right click your shortcut to Word Perfect, go to 
Properties, click the Shortcut tab and in the Target field add a 
space and then a colon to the end of the command line.

C:\Program Files\Wordperfect Office 2000\Programs\wpwin.exe :

Of course, you can also just make your own shortcut to wpwin.exe and apply the 
no splash colon to it.

Norton AntiVirus

This one requires a simple registry edit:
Click Start>Run, type regedit, click Ok, and make your way to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Norton AntiVirus\Clinic

In the right hand pane, right click a blank area and choose New>Dword Value.
Name it DisableSplashScreen
Double click it and enter 1 as the data value.

Norton Utilities

This one also requires a regedit, the same as the one for NAV above, but at a 
different key.
Click Start>Run, type regedit, click Ok, and make your way to this key:
In the right hand pane, right click a blank area and choose New>Dword Value.
Name it DisableSplashScreen
Double click it and enter 1 as the data value

Remove almost all program splash screens

If you can't find a specific way to remove the startup screen of a particular 
program you use or if you detest splash screens to the point
that you would like to disable them on almost all programs you use, then you 
can do so by using Splash Killer which you can download here:
Splash Killer is a small and free utility that requires no install. You just 
double click it to load it to your SysTray. And that's all there is to it.  
Almost any program you start should then load without any visible splash screen 
(the utiltity actually hides the splash screens - as opposed to removing them) 
If there are certain programs you do not wish to be included for "splash 
killing", you can enter them and they will be ignored. 
Read SplashKiller.txt for more info.


Besides this article, you may also be interested in two other articles I 
recently wrote for ABC and Techtrax.

1. Registry Data Values (with sceenshots )

2. Disabling Error Reporting in Microsoft Office (with screenshots)

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