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Excel 2010 creating copies of open files.

by CNN80 / December 22, 2015 3:00 AM PST

Recently, when I open a file in Excel, I noticed that it would automatically create a copy of that file in the same folder with the name 'Copy of filename'.xls or xlxs. I tried to figure out what was causing it but after a while, it stopped so I relaxed.

Recently, a colleague edited some of my files and in order to keep the originals, he renamed his versions 'Copy of filename'.xls. Now if I open the original file and then try to open the copy, I get the message "A document with the name Copy of filename.xls is already open. You cannot open two documents with the same name...". If I open the copy first, I don't get this error.

I can't find this invisible open file. It's not listed in the task manager, it's not a hidden file in my folder, it's not in the XLSTART folder ( I got that from google), I can't find it anywhere and I don't understand how it opens.

The only way I could get around it temporarily was to close excel and then go to task manager processes and close EXCEL.EXE *32. But I have to do this for every new file.

Please help. Thanks.

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This one is back to Microsoft.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2015 9:14 AM PST

Your buddy's choice of naming is unfortunate. Backup copies are a fantastic idea but their naming choice was unfortunate. My bet is Microsoft will tell you to name it a little different.

Post was last edited on January 18, 2016 10:03 AM PST

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recovery file
by Croco529 / January 18, 2016 4:25 AM PST

it is a temporary file,it is made in the same folder as the original and ir is hiden, if somthing hapens you can open theat to recover file.

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