I don't have power point installed on my machine. Someone has sent me power point (.ppt) files in the past, and I was always able to view them with win98's Quick View. I just went back to one of the files that I viewed previously, and QV tells me: "there are no viewers registered for this type of file. would you like to use the default viewers?" When I click "yes", I am told, "The file cannot be opened for quick view. It may be open or locked by another application or you may not have access to it." It is esactly the same .ppt file that I read before and is attached to an e-mail message in Outlook Express. I can't think of any change that I've made in the few manths since I last viewed the file.