~ files


A file named with the single tilde character (~) appears on my desktop from time to time. I would like to know what I am supposed to do with it. When I Google it I get only two relevant sites that I do not know and seem to offer conflicting advice. I keep windows and my Anti-Virus software updated. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you very much

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Blessed Be,

Charles Sizemore

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Morality; is doing the right thing and not caring if any one is watching.


This question was answered on January 15, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Usually a file with a ~ in front of the filename means that the file is a temporary file will would indicate why sometimes you see it and other times you dont ExampleIf you have a Word document saved in a folder, whenever you open that file in Word it creates a ~ file in the directory of the original file.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 15, 2004