> I see one mistake I made was in my use of FSpOpenResFile > I should have been using a FSSPEC instead of the file name. > But this still does not work. Your example code works for me. That is, it does retrieve a resource from the external file. Perhaps you are being confused by one of the less well-known features below?? (1) If FSpOpenResFile succeeds, it automatically sets the file's ResRef to be the top of the resource file chain. In this simplified snippet, you don't actually need CurResFile or UseResFile, because resH can come *only* from the resource file, and because CloseResFile sets the resource chain back the way it was before FSpOpenResFile. dim as Handle resH dim as FSSpec fs dim as short fileResRef ... ... resH = _nil fileResRef = fn FSpOpenResFile( fs, _fsRdWrPerm ) long if ( fileResRef ) // FSpOpenResFile succeeded resH = fn Get1Resource( _myRsrcType, _myRsrcID ) CloseResFile( fileResRef ) end if long if ( resH ) // Get1Resource succeeded ... resH was derived from the file... xelse ...cope with error... end if (2) Normally, we expect CurResFile at app startup to be the same as the app's ResRef: print "Application's ResRef = " system( _aplRes ) print "CurResFile = " fn CurResFile In a Carbon-compiled app run under OS8/9, however, they are *not* the same: the value of CurResFile is the ResRef for your printer driver. Robert P.