Solved Cause of files to have a dollar sign $ in front of file name

June 29, 2012 at 23:18:41
Specs: Windows XP
why do some of my files have a $ in front of the file name. Why is it there? can I remove it?

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June 30, 2012 at 01:43:47
They are usually temporary files created as a backup when a document is open. They should normally disappear when you close the document, but for some reason they are still visible.

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June 30, 2012 at 06:31:39
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I think phil22 may be correct. Some word processor maybe is doing an autosave or some normal temporary storage of a file. That file is used to hold your work in progress. Can be maybe some other things.

Don't know why all of a sudden. Could it be that you are not able to properly shutdown your system? Did you install some word processor app?

You should be able to at least send them to the recycle bin and see if they are needed at all.

Hang up and live.

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June 30, 2012 at 12:32:59
That is where they came from. I had a power failure and my computer was not shut down correctly. Thank you. I had not seen these files and was hoping they were not some kind of a virus. Thank you.

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