This Word tutorial explains how to open a template in Word 2007 (with screenshots and step-by-step instructions).
Question: In Word 2007, how do I open a template?
Answer: Click on the Microsoft Office button in the top left of the Word window and then click on Open from the popup menu.
In the left window, click on Trusted Templates and select the template that you wish to open. Click on the Open button.
The template should now be open.