Well, someone else. They had updated their security apps. It took time to discover what app it was but it was the privacy protector which was set to maximum. Of course, everyone wants that.
It's typical Microsoft incomplete advice but if the document has been associated with Winword.exe but does not end in .doc (or the others) it does not open. Weird.
When opening a word document, I usually navigate to the file, double click which starts the Word 2007 application and loads the contents of the file selected. Until a few weeks ago, when that no longer works.
Now, when I double click a word document (from the desktop, from a directory or when attached in email) the word application will start but the contents of the file are not displayed. At that point I can select Open, manually navigate to the file and successfully open the document.
This problem only occurs for MS Word; I can open powerPoint, excel, pictureManager, etc via the double click. I did try to remove my normal.dotm file and force MSWord to recreate; but this had no affect.
This occurs w Word 2007, Windows 7, Dell hardware.