Solved: Opening old files

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PollyWog

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I have some old documents that won't open any more. I guess the old Word isn't compatible with the new Word, but I'm not sure how to fix this. Details:
I'm using Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5.
I'm now using Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 version 2.1.0. (I download all the updates I'm sent, so I don't know why it is only 2008.)
Sample old document uses Microsoft Word 1.x-5.x document; document created 4/3/03.
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PollyWog

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I don't get any message. The document simply won't open. I double-click, and nothing happens. One of the docs says "Created 1/10/08; Modified 1/10/08; Last opened 1/10/08; Kind: Microsoft Word 1.x - 5.x document."
The icon is different than the icon that is used in Word now, too.
 

PollyWog

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I went to the support website and was studying it when my husband showed me that I can open these old files if I open Word first and then click on "open." (as opposed to double-clicking) I thought I had already tried that, but I must not have done it the correct way. So the problem is solved.
Thank you to both people who gave me suggestions!
 
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