I'm trying to get special characters from a text box object. With a standard text box I get nothing but simple text. With a RichText box I can at least get the string delimiter (vbCr vbLF) which I don't need. If, however, I enter a string like "ABC^L" where ^L is Ctrl-L (octal 12 or 0C hex), the ^L character is not in the buffer returned to me. All I get is the ABCvbCr-vbLF. I guess the system "thinks" it is doing me a favor striping off useless characters. Problem is they aren't useless to me. Any suggestions?