Office 97 is a very stubborn program to install. It took me 3 installs to get it to work right. Microsoft has released a SR1 and SR2 patch which fixes many of the problems. However, the patches themselves are troublesome to install. Microsoft is offering to registered users the patch on a cdrom free. For more info click on this link.http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/no...factNonIE4.htm
Now for your immediate problem, try just reinstalling word, this may fix the problem.
If not, then completely reinstall Office 97 but before you do , do the following:
1. Load just the standard VGA driver (video drivers can sometimes interfer with program installations.