I realized that Word 2010 does not let me to open Word 1997 files. The MSFT website provides no file converters. Previous versions of word provided that feature. Is Extend Office planning to provide a converter?
Click the File tab. Do one of the following: To convert the document without saving a copy, click Info, and then click Convert. To create a new copy of the document in Word 2016 or Word 2013 mode, click Save As, and then choose the location and the folder where you want to save the new copy.