Why does this happen when I use Microsoft office Word?

Reply Sun 2 Jul, 2006 03:40 am
There could be a simple explanation to this, I don't know ...

As you can see I use Microsoft Office Word.

So I created a document which is then saved in Documents, Right?

So how come, when I open My Recent Documents there's a copy of the saved document with ~$ at the beginning of the first word (eg Year 10 became ~$ar 10)?

This has happened a few times & I honestly don't know why it's happening.
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Reply Sun 2 Jul, 2006 03:52 am
That's a shortening of the filename that Widows uses to show that the file is either a temporary file or is already open.
If you open Windows explorer and go to the folder where you have an existing document you will see it's filename.
Now open Word and open that same document.
Go back to the folder where the document is and you will now see two documents.
One of the is the original and the other has $ in the filename.
The $ one is the file in use which is a copy of the original that is held in memory.
When you close Word without making any changes the $ file gets deleted.
If you make changes then the $ file is used to overwrite the normal file and then then it's name becomes that of the original file.
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Reply Sun 2 Jul, 2006 04:03 am
Thank you, Heliotrope!
That clears that up!

On a couple of occasions the $ file, when opened, was a series of small boxes, with a few letters here & there. No trace of the original text.
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Reply Sun 2 Jul, 2006 01:08 pm
Why does this happen when I use Microsoft Word
Yeah, it's happened to me too; now maybe I can straighten it all out.

BTW, don't those boxes represent spaces or something not normally viewed? I get them when clicking on the $ kind of file, although they are all I get in that case.
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Reply Mon 3 Jul, 2006 02:18 am
Me, too, Tomkitten. It really bothered me as I imagined it was some form of corruption! Shocked I'd happily return to good ol' uncomplicated Word. I don't need all these fang-dangled, complicated, flash extra features!
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