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Suddenly a rash of temp files is all over my desktop, and I can't get rid of them. (I am a writer and have numerous manuscripts icon-created on the desktop for easy retrieval-- is that part of my problem?) Anyone? Help!
Thanks,
Larry W. (Wayno) Phillips


     I should probably add the following: These temp files look like word files. (I have opened them and they are duplicates of my manuscripts).  I can delete them of course off the desktop, but it is an endless process.  I can't remember what I was doing when they first appeared.
   As I say, they are mostly (and probably all) clones of Word manuscript files which I have put shortcuts to on my desktop for easy access. As soon as I start using one of these Word files/Icons on my desktop and working on it, the others start to appear and multiply on the desktop.  Upon turning off the machine and rebooting, sometimes they go away, sometimes they are all still there when I turn it on again.
   I don't use MS Office-- just MS Word.
  I have also tried creating a folder on the desktop to hold all the Manuscripts and moved them all there, and then deleted all the temp files.  To no avail-- (Unless I did this wrong, always a possibility).  

           Thanks for any help,
           Larry W. (Wayno) Phillips
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello Wayno111 =)

Did u checked the path for AutoRecover location ??
im using Word2000 and its present in Tools>Options>File Locations
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by:Wayno111
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      Hm, No.  I didn't check there.  When I did, just now, it said "Startup".  You're saying I should change that to something else?  I don't see Temp Files listed-- should I create a new folder there, call it temp files, and then assign it to that?  Sorry for being so dumb.  I think this may be the answer though.

        Thanks,
         Wayno
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Are u sure u are looking at right place :)
You have to goto Tools>Options>File Locations, and have to see the file locations for "AutoRecover Files" entry !!

u can modify its location and can set any private folder of ur choie, but for me its set to C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Word and its the default location for it :)
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by:Wayno111
ID: 12330721
   
      Hmm.  I'm still having trouble with this one.  I go to Tools>Options>File Locations and it lists several things.  
     The screen looks like this:

    Documents                                      C:\...\Owner\My Documents
    Clipart Pictures
    User Templates                               C:\...\Microsoft\Templates
    Workgroup Templates
    AutoRecover Files                            C:\...\Owner\My Documents
    Tools                                              C:\...\Microsoft Office\Office 10
    Startup                                           C:\...\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

         I highlight AutoRecover Files (above) and click on "modify" and a blank square comes up with the word StartUp in it.
         (I tried to type in the path you mentioned above but it wouldn't take it for some reason-- kicked it back)
         But I think this is the reason it's happening somehow....
         The Temp files are going to 'startup' I guess...

            Thanks!
             Wayno




     
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SheharyaarSaahil earned 350 total points
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no, actually that location is right enough !!

now tell me, do these duplicate files look like transparent icons, means like hidden files look ??
if Yes then turn off the Show Hidden Files feature in Explorer>Tools>Folder Options>View and now check if they are still showing ??
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by:Wayno111
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         Yippee!  I think that did it!  Eureka!
         SheharyaarSaahil, you're a Golden God!!
         Yippee!
         It worked!  I'm free!
         The temp files all disappeared from my desktop!

         Thanks SS-- you OWN MS Word!
         wtg!
         Eurekee!

         They're gone and they haven't come back for 15 minutes...
         Yippeee!
         thanks a million!
         
                    --Wayno

   P.S.  Yippee!
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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lol..... thanks :D
glad i cud help u,,,, cheers ^_^
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