is it possible to read previous line in a text document?

my text file works like a database except it can't be sorted. but i read each line when i click a "next" button using:

  thefile.Readline

is there a way to go back a line when i click on a "previous" button?

thanks,
jeremy
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Most likely you have opened the file in sequential mode and cannot do that.  You can open the file in Random mode, but this requires that the data be written to it as records with predefined fields lengths, etc....

Alternatively, your could close the file, reopen it, and then count down to the line just before your previous location.
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
A WAG, but perhaps you can use the Skip method with negative characters.  Of course that would assume you kept tabs as to where you were and the length of the last/previous line(s)

Anthony
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Jeremy DaleySenior DeveloperAuthor Commented:
i'll have to cancel this question if i don't find an obvious way cause i just figured a way out using an array:

   dim myarray() as string, n
   n=0
   myarray=split(thefile.ReadAll, vbNewLine)
   
   'myarray(n) is the first line...now i only need to add and subtract from "n"

thanks anyway,
jeremy
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
No problem.

Anthony
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Refund is his points as he figured out a way himself.

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moduloCommented:
PAQ'd and 25 points refunded.

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