Word 2003 brings together your options for opening or creating files in the New Document task pane (see Figure 3.1). This task pane appears when you choose File, New. Depending on how your computer is configured, it may also appear automatically when you start Word. You can also display it like this: Choose View, Task Pane; click the down arrow at the upper right of the task pane; and choose New Document.
To display the New Document task pane at startup, choose Tools, Options, View; then check the Startup Task Pane check box and click OK.
From the New Document task pane, ...