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Windows 7: Search for temporary files starting with "~$" in Windows explorer

17 Dec 2013   #1
DeanCapp

Windows 7, 64 bit
 
 
Search for temporary files starting with "~$" in Windows explorer

Hi
Is there a way to search for temporary document (excel, word, etc) files in windows explorer?

The files usually start with ~$ (tilde dollar).
Search does not seem to recognise ~$ as they are usually system characters


Note: I do not want to locate temporary internet or mail files stored in the temporary folder, only the temp files created when you open documents, but they are not deleted when you close the documents. They consume space.

I also do not need to know how to display hidden files, but need to search for them.

Thanks
Dean


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17 Dec 2013   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Have you looked here? ---> under "User -> Username -> Local Settings -> Temporary Files"
Are you using a USB device?
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18 Dec 2013   #3
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

What version of Office are you using? They should delete themselves after the file has been closed.
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18 Dec 2013   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Consider these search tools

Hi, maybe you could consider installing other file search software. My personal preference is to disable windows search and indexing and use alternatives. Examples are shown in the screenshots.


SwiftSearch | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at SourceForge.net (Insanely fast)

Ultra File Search - File Search Utility (Not as fast but more functionality)


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Search for temporary files starting with "~$" in Windows explorer-swiftsearch.jpg   Search for temporary files starting with "~$" in Windows explorer-ultrafilesearch.jpg  
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18 Dec 2013   #5
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Hi, maybe you could consider installing other file search software. My personal preference is to disable windows search and indexing and use alternatives. Examples are shown in the screenshots.


SwiftSearch | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at SourceForge.net (Insanely fast)

Ultra File Search - File Search Utility (Not as fast but more functionality)
swiftsearch just crashes when opened it seems.
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18 Dec 2013   #6
DeanCapp

Windows 7, 64 bit
 
 

Jacee - thanks for the reply, but way off the mark. I explicitly said I don't need to find that folder and it is irrelevant to my question. USB device is irrelevant. It affects any drive, inc network drives.

rvcjew - I am using Office 2010. Yes, It should delete these files, but Office doesn't always do so. If you turn on show hidden files, you see the temp files in the same directory as the 'real' files. I find the bug is endemic with shared documents.

Callender, I think I will try your solution.

Thanks
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18 Dec 2013   #7
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

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18 Dec 2013   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Swift Search Crashes?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Hi, maybe you could consider installing other file search software. My personal preference is to disable windows search and indexing and use alternatives. Examples are shown in the screenshots.


SwiftSearch | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at SourceForge.net (Insanely fast)

Ultra File Search - File Search Utility (Not as fast but more functionality)
swiftsearch just crashes when opened it seems.

I assume that you've read user comments from users who don't understand that it needs the correct permissions to run.

Personally I created an elevated shortcut. I can assure you that it's never crashed even once.
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18 Dec 2013   #9
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

I only ran it elevated and have windows search and indexing off hmm I'll look more into it. Thanks.
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18 Dec 2013   #10
DeanCapp

Windows 7, 64 bit
 
 

Hi,
FYI, here is an example of what I mean.


RCVJEW, I will check the link as it looks like a common problem.

CALLENDER, the two search programs works well. i just need to be able to find something to search and batch deleten them now. Thanks for your help
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