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When I open a Word document, it creates files in the same directory with a syntax like ~$documentname.docx.

Is there a way to eliminate it or tell Word to save those to a temporary directory? It makes the whole directory a mess with temp names and sometimes they're not deleted.

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According to: Description of how Word creates temporary files, the location where Microsoft Word, or any part of the Office suite, saves its temporary files is: "hardcoded information and cannot be edited".

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And it doesn't even take up that much space. – surfasb Aug 5 '11 at 8:43

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