I need to continuously update text boxes on a form that receive their values from an opc/dde server. I have tried using the form timer event but though the values change properly the result is not as smooth as I would like it. The hourglass appears at each interval as the data is requeried and I need the data every second or so. I should have built the interface with VB but I did not and I cannot change now. I have been bringing the values int an excel spreadsheet and pasting the cells into my form. This works but again not the best answer I am sure. Does any one know if there is an active x control etc. that I could insert into my form that would streamline this data display problem.