If it was the SDI version of version, try enabling MDI, if MDI works, try looking at how to use SDI. What's SDI and MDI? Look up WORD SDI on google.com.
When I double click on a new file, besides opening that one, if I've minimized a file to the Taskbar it too pops up on the screen. Does anyone know how I can avoid this? This is very annoying!