Solved Strange files starting with ~$

Compaq Presario r3000
March 9, 2009 at 07:20:59
Specs: Windows XP 5.1 build 2600
I've started seeing strange files appearing on my PC starting with ~$. They seem to be some sort of temporary file. But they are cluttering up my file directories. How do I get the computer to stop writing these files? What are they and why did they start appearing (recently, in the last month)?

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March 9, 2009 at 12:53:03
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They may very well be temp files and I don't think you can stop the system from creating them.

The real question may be "Why isn't the app that created them deleting them after their purpose has been served?"

For example, if I open a Word doc, such as MyDoc.doc, Word will create a file called something like ~$yDoc.doc in the same directory. However, when I close the document, Word is supposed to erase the temp file. It doesn't always happen and some apps are better at it than others.

It might help if you knew which app was creating the files.

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