So the previous person who asked this question (Word 2010 template not acting as template -- saving over .dotx file!) was blown off because it was determined that the question already had an "answer" which was then posted. That is not the answer to the problem, anyone who knows anything about Word knows how to open a template in that program.
I will ask again. All my Word templates (.dotx files) are opening as templates when I double-click on them and they shouldn't be. The solution to the previous question was to right-click and select "New" to open the document as if that is something different from double-clicking on a template (it isn't). Even if I right-click on my template doc, I have no "New" or "Open" choice, only "Edit". So what's the real fix?