Follow the directions below to have Word 2016 open automatically to a blank document rather than having to choose a template each time you open Word.
- Open Word 2016
- Open a blank document
- Click the File Tab
- Select Options
- A window will open with General options. At the bottom of the window, uncheck the box next to Show the start screen when application starts and choose OK. The next time you open Word 2013 it will open to a blank document.