Steve, please give this (attached) a try. Code: v:\> auconvert /? Convert ASCII <-> Unicode FCONVERT<infile><outfile> infile outfile (outfile will be clobbered) AUCONVERT is bare-bones. If it thinks <infile> is Unicode (BOM is the only test) it converts to ASCII; else it converts to Unicode. Please let me know how it works. </infile></outfile></infile>I have a working (test) version of it in 4UTILS (in-house); don't know if I'll leave it there.