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By robert_onyuma ·
I have come across a problem in word 2000 and xp...whenever you try and save a document it gives double files but the other with the ~$ in front of one file and in effect this hides the file, i,e giving it the hidden attribute.
Now opening this file becomes a problem as the computer requires your to provide the installation disks!

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by DKlippert In reply to saving

Word leaves temporary files around where ever the document was stored.
Close Word and then delete all files that start with a tilde (~)
You are usualy safe deleting

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by sgt_shultz In reply to saving

yes and usually those temp files that word creates for each open document are normally 'hidden' so you don't see them. you don't want to try to open them if word is open. they should get 'cleaned up' by word after you close each document. so if you are seeing large numbers of these with word closed you may have a word crashing problem...
to get the 'show hidden files' option turned back off, open my computer, pick Tools/Folder Options and click the View setting 'hide hidden and system files'. hope that helps.

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by homekey1 In reply to saving

The files you mention are an autosave feature in the programs. Do not open them. If your system is shut down without properly closing the files Word or Excel will recover the backup data from the latest auto save. You should open the file of the same name without the ~$ in front of it.

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