|Have you installed any new programs lately, |
because it sound like to you have two problems,
one a Word problem and one a Win 7 problem.
For the Close problem in Word, try doing a Detect & Repair:
On the Word task bar, select Help
Select Detect & Repair
See if that helps.
Do you have any third party Add-Ons?
There are several that do exactly what you describe.
As for the Win 7 task bar, on my system if you:
Right Click on the Task bar,
A pop up window appears,
In the center there is a drop down next to the heading:
The drop down has three options:
1) Always Combine, Hide labels
2) Combine when taskbar is full
3) Never Combine
I have mine set to # 1 Alwasy Combine, Hide Labels
but when I mouse over the icon on the task bar, it will
display all of the hidden pages.
So if I have three Word docs open, it will hide all until
I mouse over, then it will show all three.
If this is not how yours is working, then I have no ideas.