Getting  at the start of a text file created by VB6

Hi

I am creating a fixed width text file in VB6, and it works fine when i open the file and read it, snippet here:

ITEM_DOWNU

When i open the file in another VB6 app i've created, i get this:

ITEM_DOWNU

So because of those characters at the start, the fixed width is messed up

Why does it do this? is it some sort of encoding? how can i decode it properly?

Thanks

Scott
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Antagony1960Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Those characters are the Byte Order Mark (BOM) signature characters created by saving a file with UTF-8 encoding. My guess is that you are either saving the file in VB as a text stream with UTF-8 encoding or subsequently editing it with with a text editor which is set to save in that format. Save the file with ANSI encoding to avoid the problem.
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