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AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT temporary files settings

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I would like to find out where the settings are in both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT to direct temporary files to a specific folder.

What is happening now is the temp files are going to the "current" folder which means they're cluttering up people's document management application work areas, much as they used to clutter up the network document folders.  I would like to have a default setting for all such temp files to go to a specific folder on the local drive, which not only will save the clutter in the document management application work areas, but will improve performance by not having all that stuff going across the LAN.

I would then like to  figure out a good way to clear that local temp folder so it doesn't cause fragmentation and space issues on people's computers.  It would probably be best to have it clear at shutdown.
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Depends what you mean by "temp" files. BAK files will go to the current drawing location unless you use the MOVEBAK exptree tool (not avaialble in LT) to move them else where. You can turn off their creation.

Other things like LOG files can be directed to a specific folder. Temp file default to the windows %TEMP% environment variable but can be changed as well. See attached screen cap of the Options dialog. (type OPTIONS at the command line)
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can the BAK files and LOG files be set to delete when a user shuts down?
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=you use the MOVEBAK exptree tool (not avaialble in LT) to move them else where=
where do i find these? i'm an IT guy not an engineer so i'm not real familiar with the software and its capabilities.
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The express tools are either installed or not (AutoCAD only, not LT). If they aren't installed, you'll need to install them. Typing MOVEBAK on the command line will prompt you for a location to move them to.

You can configure it to not create them but it's not advised. They are there for a reason and keeping them cleaned up on a regular basis is part of basic CAD file management for most CAD operators.

You'll liklely not have any log files unless you've explicitly created them.
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