Thank you for you code suggestions.
I am more comfortable with using arrays for a few reasons. I am more familiar with them, only having heard of lists a week or so ago when I bought my first VB
2010 books. Also, arrays seem to be more adept at manipulation via For/Next loops (Is that true?). The program segment I listed above does not fore tell the manipulation of the characters that will occur further in the program and at his point I am still struggling with the VB
2010 language and want to just get the program working; not so much concerned with the elegance of the coding. I am discovering that VB
2010 is several times more complicated than VB
2, QBASIC, Pascale et. Al., were. I feel sorry for those who have to learn it as their first programming language.
Thank you again for your help.