If you would rather not have to see the PowerPoint splash screen each and every time you run the application, follow these steps to get around it:
1. Right-click on the desktop.
2. Click New and select Shortcut.
3. Click the Browse button and go to the PowerPoint executable (“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\POWERPNT.EXE”).
4. After the full path and the end quotes, add one space and type in /s.
5. Click Next.
6. Type a name for the shortcut.
7. Click Finish.