If you are like me, you will prefer that Excel 2013 opens to a blank new workbook, not the start screen:

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Steps to make the blank new workbook your opening screen:

  1. Double-click on Blank workbook from the start screen.
  2. Click the File Tab
  3. Select Options at the bottom of the list on the left
  4. In the General category, at the bottom of the screen, remove the check in front of “Show the Start screen when this application starts
    excel 2013 Options General START
  5. Click OK.