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What’s Up With The $$ Files?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, File & Disk Management

Sheila from Texas writes:

What about all those files with the $$ in front of them? Can I delete ALL of those? Will it help my computer to delete them?

Let’s start with an explanation… those files you’ve found are Temp (temporary) Files. Often they will have a “.tmp” extension and are located in a Temp folder.

Various programs will create them while you’re working to hold auto-save files or other data the program may need.

When you close the program they should be erased, but as you’ve found that’s not necessarily the case. (Computer crashes, improper shutdowns, general program issues often cause these files to be left behind.)

They are safe to delete, but be sure to close all programs before you do it – since programs create and use them while you are working, you’ll want to be sure that nothing is currently being used.

Temp files are using up disk space and could cause your computer to work slower… so yes – go ahead and delete them!

~ April


2 Responses to “What’s Up With The $$ Files?”

  1. Roger says:

    This tip is very vague. What where and when

    • crackers says:

      $$ files are often created when you open up a Microsoft office document and act like a auto save. More often then not you will not be able to see them because they are hidden files, they are created in the same area as the original document. For example, if you were to create a new word document on your desktop and had your computer set so you could see hidden files the $$ temp. file would also be created on your desktop. when you exit the document it automatically synch’s itself with the document and deletes its self. so they are completely harmless and if they don’t delete themselves you can.

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