Every created file in word generating tmp file

Posted on 2007-10-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Any one know why or how I can get rid of tmp and other related files everytime I create a word file?  This has become a bit of a pain now. It every where on my system, I hope its not virus related.

I am running XP, Office 2003.

Any suggestion will be welcome.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:Marklwuk
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    is your hidden files option turned on under Explorer>Tools>Folder Options>View?
    if yes then disable it and it should now show you these tmp files which word creates when you work on a document.
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    Word does this whenever you open a document - the files are normally deleted when you cluse the document.
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    The little files that start with ~$ are called owner files.  They tell Word who has that particular document open (identifies the last known "owner" - can cause problems if they don't get deleted).

    Word also uses a lot of temp files.  Basically, when you open a document to work in it, Word works almost exclusively from temp files.  Simplified process is: when you click Save in Word, it merges the new stuff you created (stored in temp files) into the original document.  So, when you have Word closed, if you see any of those files (~$..., or ~wrl..., etc.), you're safe to delete them.

    SheharyaarSaahil's right, if you turn off the option to show hidden files and folders, you won't see the temp files.

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