I've been meaning to ask a closely related question, and can't quite figure out how to apply the FILES$ command to this situation: I know the _location_ (a global prefsVol% which I've already got), the _filename_, and the _file type_ (but watch out! the file type _isn't_ the file type created by my application). What's the cleanest way of simply checking whether the specified file, and/or file of specified type, exists in the given location? I don't need to open it or do anything with it, just look to see whether it's there. Louise >>Windows 2000 proposed error messages: << 9. "Error saving file! Format drive now? (Y/Y)" 11. To "shut down" your system, type "WIN." 16. Bad or missing mouse. Spank the cat? (Y/N) 20. User Error: Replace user.