~$ in Word

  baucis 12:41 26 May 2005

~$ I have one or two documents prefixed by this symbol. What does it mean? I have a gut feeling that the system has created a copy of the document for some reason.

  recap 12:47 26 May 2005

I think you will find that you have those documents open, and that's all it's telling you.

  wee eddie 12:52 26 May 2005

If you close your PC down and reboot.

Are they still there?

These could be the temporary files that Windows makes as you work on an item.

  Eric10 13:01 26 May 2005

As has been said these are normally files in progress that are created by Word (normally hidden so you must be set to show hidden files). If they are still present when Word isn't open then it usually means that Word crashed or was closed improperly while a document was open and these files were left behind instead of being deleted as they should have been.

  Micro-Man 13:15 26 May 2005

Eric10 is correct about their source. However you can sometimes salvage a document, thought to be lost after a crash, by opening these hidden files with Word.

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