I am currently working on a project which uses an access Database with a VB fron end. My problem is I need to be able to display some documents containing various types of instructions to the user at their command. I have hard copies of all the documents. The first thing I did was to manualy insert them into the code as a string, then read the files into a rich text box with a scroll bar.This is not feasible considering the fact that there are about 15 documents, and it's just poor programming. The user would have no way of modifying the instructions later. I used some tips from this board to open a word doc in my program, it worked, but i had to put the entire path to the doc in the code to read it. I couldn't shorten it to the doc name or the bin/doc path. can someone tell me the best format of a document, and how to display them in my program?