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What temporary files does or can Excel 2007 create and where? Where is the tilde file?

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I am interested in all the files that Excel produces while a file is open in excel or maybe even after excel is closed.

Here is the Word version of a Microsoft page.  Does something like this exist for Excel as well?

I know that excel produces a temp file just before a save.

I have also noticed on a Win 7 x64 with Office 2007 that when an excel file is opened the folder contains a  ~$filename.xlsx file as well.

On another Win 7 x64 with Office 2007 I don't see any tilde files from excel.  Where could they be or are they turned off?

I can see words tilde files so it is not the case that I have incorrect setting for my folders.
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It's a hidden file.  You have to make sure you can see hidden files on the computer.  

There are no other temp files.
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Thanks for commenting, Please read my question again in particular this line

I can see words tilde files so it is not the case that I have incorrect setting for my folders.
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I saw that in the post, but I assumed you meant on that on different computers.  

I don't know what to say.  I have Excel open and I can see the ~file.xlsx.  Do you have autosave turned on?
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yes it is a mystery.  Autosave is turned on but that folder does not contain it.
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Ah I have worked it out.  Only Excel 2007 files do it.  old Excel 2003 files either don't do it or they are put somewhere else.

This Thread got me thinking about what files I was looking at.
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Oh, you didn't mention that it was 2003.  I don't remember what 2003 does.
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No you are right.  I did not mention it.  I am using 2007 it is just that everytime I seemed to test this I was clicking on xls files.

It appears that Excel 2007 only does it with its own files.
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Thanks for your help.  In my special case I was opening an old Excel 2003 file with Excel 2007 this was why I could not find the temp file.
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