I use Word 2003 on XP Professional. I believe that I'm current on all MS Office 2003 updates. I want to hide all "task panes" when Word starts. In Tools | Options, on the View tab, I've UN-checked the "Startup Task Pane" box. Still, every time I open Word, whether from the program's icon or by double-clicking a .doc file, the "Getting Started" task pane appears.
Ideally, I'd like the task pane to appear when it's contextually relevant (i.e., Thesaurus, Dictionary, ...). But the ever-present startup pane is a waste of space and I'd like to permanently disable it.