Try this simple fix-all for Word.
Find and delete the NORMAL.DOT files off the hard disk. Word creates a new fresh one the next time it starts.
A common problem with a simple cure.
Whenever I click on Word to open it, or click on a Word file, that little rectangle is shown that says Microsoft Word 2000 right before it opens. However, instead of opening, it just stays at the little rectangle and eventually my computer freezes up. I haven't experienced this problem in 3 years of having the computer and have tried reinstalling it, but nothing worked.
CAN ANYONE HELP ME FIX THIS PROBLEM?!?!?!?!