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Windows 7: Why is there a "~" in a Microsoft Word document?

02 Jun 2011   #1
letsdoamazing

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Why is there a "~" in a Microsoft Word document?

Its like a hidden file on my desktop when I open a document.


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02 Jun 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Temporary file Word uses.
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02 Jun 2011   #3
letsdoamazing

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

What is its use?
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02 Jun 2011   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Anything it deems it wants to use it for?
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02 Jun 2011   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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02 Jun 2011   #6
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
That has absolutely nothing to do with the OP's question.
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02 Jun 2011   #7
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

It is a journal file. It captures the changes you make to your document in case there is a crash of the app. Then when you reopen the file it will apply the changes to your document from the journal file if it exists. It only dumps to this file every so often, so some changes may be lost.
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02 Jun 2011   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
That has absolutely nothing to do with the OP's question.
Well, actually it does...
A tilde is sometimes confused with a swung dash (usually lengthened to ~) which is used in dictionaries to indicate the omission of a word.
It's an abbreviation.
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02 Jun 2011   #9
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
That has absolutely nothing to do with the OP's question.
Well, actually it does...
A tilde is sometimes confused with a swung dash (usually lengthened to ~) which is used in dictionaries to indicate the omission of a word.
It's an abbreviation.
No it doesn't. The OP is talking referring to a word file whose name starts with a tilde.
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02 Jun 2011   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by letsdoamazing View Post
Its like a hidden file on my desktop when I open a document.
Yes it is as GeneO explained, it is a temp hidden file and will disappear when the Word doc is closed. As for the ~ in the file name, I dunno why. Maybe to use so the system recognises it as a temp updateable file.
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