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Office 07 duplicating files and using ~$ in file name

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Sarah B Posted: Thu, Feb 26 2009 9:00 PM

Hi David,

About 1 month ago I installed Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 and everything was working fine. Since yesterday I notice  that everytime I open a file (in Word, Excel & Powerpoint) a duplicate file is created with the same file name, except the first two letters in the file name are replaced by "~$". (for example, "Resume" doc is duplicated as "~$sume").

I tried to open the duplicate file, and get a message "The Office Open XML file ~$ume cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents." I click for more details and it says "The file is courrupt and connot be opened".

What is causing this, and how can I fix it?

Thank you for your help.

-Sara

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This file should be created when the file you want is open.  When you save or close the document it should remove the file.

Does this happen?

 

thanks


David

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Sarah B replied on Sun, Mar 1 2009 8:19 PM

Hello David,

The files with ~$ are removed when I close the documents in Word and Excel. However, they still show up with Powerpoint files (at least one powerpoint presentation that I saved onto a flash drive). Maybe this is just a fluke. If it keeps happening, do I have a problem?

I was originally concerned that I might have a virus, but from your reply I'm now assuming it's just a harmless backup file created when I'm working on a file..

Thank you for your help. I find a lot of useful information on this blog!

-Sara

 

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No worries.  the one that got left behind might have been because the USB key got pulled before Powerpoint cleaned up.

Thanks

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