word file saved in strange format.

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
November 30, 2009 at 11:49:10
Specs: Windows XP, core2 6600/500gig
I can't open some files that have been saved in an odd format using Word 2007. Looks like:~$pt 2 2009. Usually save all to Word 2007 but obviously goofed. How can I open or convert to read.

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November 30, 2009 at 13:03:58
Files that start with a ~ (tilde) are typically temp files created by the application when a file is opened.

In a perfect world, once the original file is saved/closed "normally" (as opposed to a crash or force-quitting via the Task Manager) the application is supposed do a little clean up and delete the temp files.

MS Office is notorious for not always cleaning up after itself and leaving those ~$ab.xyz files hanging around.

The original files should still exist, so there really is no need to try and open the temp files. Just delete them (Disclaimer: at your own risk).

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November 30, 2009 at 15:25:17
thank you but if that is correct where is the original file? The files in question are in one folder but there is no original.
Could I have not saved in correct format? When I try to open a "file conversion" box appears showing Japanese but it only showas as a line of swiggles?

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December 1, 2009 at 05:42:15
What folder are you looking in? Are you looking in the default folder that Word is set to save files to?

Try a Search to see if you can find the original files.

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