Temporary Files

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It has come to our attention by many Computer Whatever customers that they aren’t able to open their files with a ‘~$’ in front of it.   tech tips

That’s because you can’t! The file with a ‘~’ in front of it is a temporary file and doesn’t actually exist.  It is only making a backup of a file that you already have open.  When trying to open the file ‘~$ch Tips’ Microsoft gives an error message:  tech tips 3

In order to open this file you need to find the original of it.  The original will not have ~$ in front of the file name:

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If you don’t want to see these temporary files here’s how to turn off hidden files and folders.

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button

  2. Click the Organize tab in the top left corner.

  3. Under Folders and Search Options, click the ‘View’ tab.

  4. Click on ‘Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives’

If you need help with temporary files, or more explanation as to what they are stop on into Computer Whatever!

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