Hi, I need to read a dbase III file (*.dbf), change a few records and write it back. As I do not know a better way to do it, I'm trying to open it as a binary file, I tried reading help on binary files but couldn't get what I need to know. Question1: I managed to read one file, in binary mode, using ReadBytes, but got an error message when trying to assign what I read to a string using BytesToString (help file says BytesToString returns a string): length = bin.ReadBytes(buffer(),5) Version = bin.BytesToString(buffer(),1,3) What am I missing? Question2: I have a text file that has just two chars "AB". A is ASCII 65 (41HEX) and B is ASCII 66 (42HEX). I read the file in binary mode using in_data = bin.ReadInt16 and printed in_data in a MsgBox; got the decimal value 16961, which means (I think) that those bytes are dealt in reverse order "BA", otherwise I would get for "AB" = 41HEX 42HEX = 16706 decimal. Is that so, I mean, are bytes in binary numbers written in reverse order?