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Problem with Excel 2003 which is creating .tmp files

by mukhtarjinwala / January 28, 2008 2:59 PM PST

In Excel when a document is closed a .tmp file is left behind in the folder, these files have to be manually removed instead of Excel removing them when the file is closed.

The user and System have full control to the folder.
I have ran a detect and repair within Excel but the problem has not gone away

The problem is that excel is not deleting the temporary files and is creating new ones every time I save.

For example, I just made a tiny change to a file and saved it. An additional temporary file was created with the file name followed by ~RF26c83af.TMP. This file was dated when I last saved the file (last night). I made a second change and saved again. A new temporary file was created with the date/time I saved the file last today and the extension ~RF26dad2b.TMP. It sounds like it is Excel generating these,not something else. If I exit Excel, the files remain on my computer.They aren't deleted. In the past, the tiny files created by excel always disappeared whenever I quit the program

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Re: Excel creating temp files
by Kees Bakker / January 28, 2008 4:01 PM PST
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by dcarlk42 / January 4, 2012 7:50 AM PST

I noticed this same issue with users on our business network. The problem seems to be isolated to users opening .xlsx files. We use Office 2003 and a conversion tool that allows the user to open files from Office 2007 and 2010 versions which use the extension .xlsx. I was able to isolate this because the .tmp file name started with the same name as the .xlsx file and only a couple users on the network were having this problem.

The solution was to have the user open the .xlsx file, Office 2003 converts it automatically to view when it opens. But the user needs to select "file save as" and change the type to "Microsoft Office Excel Workbook *.xls".

This appears to have solved the issue. I believe problem is with the free conversion tool provided by Microsoft.

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