Hi Annette - Your first post was even kind of valid. But I'll answer the browser question first. SO has its own browser that's not too bad. EVERYTHING is packed into SO to make it as integrated as possible, so you don't have to leave it if you don't want to. It even gives you an option to use it as an "integrated desktop", in which case it kind of sucks your other operating system environment into SO, where you can get to just about everything in your system. From my perspective, I'm almost convinced the forces of darkness were the inspiration behind this feature, and in our book on p.116, under a heading called "Turning Off Annoying Features", it tells you how to disable this default functionality so you can use SO like a normal app running on your OS of choice. Aside from that, all the SO tools are contained within the SO "shell", not runnable as separate apps (which can be good and bad). ------------------ author of: StarOffice Companion Standard CYA******************************* All responses to questions posed in this News Group are given on an "as is" basis. We believe the solutions or explanations given here are correct, but do not guaranty that responses will be complete, without error and/or work for all platforms and system configurations.