Most people store documents they've created in separate folders, identified by the project or another criterion.
Normally, Word's File-Open dialogue box shows you only one of these folders at a time, forcing you to open other directories separately to see their documents.
Word 7 and 97 (running in Win 95 or 98) offer a handy option that shows a complete directory tree.
Here's how to make it work:
1. Select File-Open. If it's not already displayed, click the folder that contains your document subdirectories.
2. Click the Commands and Settings icon on the dialogue box's toolbar.
3. Select Search Subfolders from the menu.
4. Scroll down to select your document.