Thank you, Cheryl. I looked through that link and I had looked at a couple of others. I think the Windows 7 taskbar is fine and I'm getting used to it - I even got used to the "show desktop" on the far right. But this one thing with Word documents is frustrating. It's something that will take a lot longer for me to get used to. I think if you click to open a document, it should open! I don't see why MS should have changed that.
I found this forum question also:
Maybe someday, this can change if enough people are frustrated by it?