hi. not sure if this is an office problem or a windows xp problem, but here it goes. my work computer was recently switched to a brand new dell optiplex gx280. office 2002 is installed. my problem is: whenever i try to open a file using File -> Open, and then use the drop down Look In menu atop, it takes FOREVER to switch directories or drives. i am currently connected to two network drives, but even if i use the method described above to open a file on my local drive, it takes FOREVER. hehe....forever is the operative word here. ;] any suggestions? advice? help? no one in my company can figure out what's wrong.......so i turn to the best message board! thanks in advanced, and any help is appreciated. thanks. daniel.