Sorry, my fault, I should have listed on here all the files that I had already sent Tom by email (I've been AWOL):-
(location c:\program files\accessories
WordPad.chm & WordPad.cnt & WordPad.hlp
(location go in c:\windows\help)
(location in c:\windows\inf)
Write.exe - requested later
The above are all dated as per W98SE original CD files.
These made WordPad work but there was a hang up regarding the three icons relating to text alignment (inoperative).
I then sent the following later date files, some of which were requested because of re-install error messages:
WordPad.ini - possibly related to my own particular WordPad settings but I thought this was worth a try because of its contents.
WordPad.pnf - no idea what this is for
(location c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\textconv)
(location c:\program files\common files\micorosoft shared\textconv).
Both the above files look like text converters but mine was probably Word 2000 and I later heard that Tom only has Word 97. I feel that WordPad should have worked without these.
We also tried uninstall WordPad/Reboot/Install WordPad (with the above files in place).
It seems the text alignment problem still remains. Frankly I have no idea why, so if you can think of anything please say your piece.
Please double check that all the above files are in the locations given. The only other thing I can think of is to temporarily delete WordPad.ini into the recylce bin. Hopefully a new one will arrive when you reboot and start WordPad. This should pick up your settings. If it doesn't arrive then restore my WordPad.ini from the bin.