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Admittedly it's a little thing, but at this point I've manually closed that thing at least 500 times. A saner approach would be to either put in a preference or do something like Visual Studio does where the start page goes away once you open anything else.
Start page? What start page? I don't get a start page.
What version are you using? Is there a checkbox on the page for selecting 'open at startup'?
Do you have write access to the directories containing the SQL Developer user settings?
Normally if you close the Start Page, it will stay closed until opened again by the Help > Start Page feature mentioned by Jeff. The action of closing or opening it updates windowinglayout.xml. On my Windows 7 install for SQL Developer 3.2.20.09.87, this is located in directory:
Look for the section of xml containing "startpage"
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