How to Disable the Start Screen in Adobe Illustrator

Get rid of that annoying screen!
Zach Zach (235)
Total time: 2 minutes 

This short guide will teach you how to disable the start, or welcome screen, in Adobe Illustrator. This is also known as the Home Screen (or, formerly, the Smart Workspace).

This window pops up by default when you have no documents open. I find it to be a bit of a distraction and I hate it. So let's get rid of it.

Find out how to remove another distraction: the Creative Cloud menu bar icon.

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Open General Preferences

In the menu, navigate to Illustrator CC > Preferences > General.

Disable the Home Screen

Uncheck the box that says Show The Home Screen When No Documents Are Open. Then, click OK.

You're all done! Illustrator has returned to its former behavior.