Opening and Viewing Existing Documents
After you save a document as a file, you can open the document again at any time. To open an existing document, you can use the Getting Started task pane. To create a new document based on an existing one, you can use the New Document task pane. This is useful when you want to take existing text and use it in a new document without changing the original document.
You can also open a document by clicking the Open button on the Standard toolbar.
When you open a document, a program button with the Word program icon and the document’s name appears on the taskbar. You can have many documents open at the same time, but only one is the current or active document. The program button of the active document is darker ...