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.TMP Files on a Mac

Why does my Mac create lots of .tmp files which are visible in finder - I don't need them, but they never go away and it’s really annoying.

asked Dec 08 '10 at 15:49

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Do they hang around even after you close Word & Excel?

(Dec 09 '10 at 09:47) John Mandalake

These are likely to be a result of using Microsoft Word or Excel and they are created in the folder you open the document from and should disappear when you close the application. If for some reason they have not disappeared after you have closed the program then it may be worth giving your file system a good spring clean of these files.

Make sure Word & Excel files are all closed. Then go to finder and do a search as shown in this screenshot . Basically your looking for files with an exntension of "TMP" and beginning with "~". Now do cmd-a to select these files and then delete them. Now make sure your version of MS Office is up to date, reboot your machine and see if you still get the same problem. If you do all I can suggest is uninstalling and uninstalling Microsoft Office again and running updates again. Its a strange one because Word should definitely remove these files when you close the application and does in all my tests.

Let me know how you get on!

answered Dec 09 '10 at 09:43

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edited Dec 13 '10 at 07:39

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