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I use gvim on Windows. How can I open a new file?

I have tried with :e ~\mypath\myfile.txt but I get this error message:

E303: Unable to open swap file for "C:\Users\Jonas\mypath\myfile.txt", recovery impossible

How to open a new file using gvim on Windows?

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This seem to be a bug. From Vim E303: Unable to open swap file for "[No Name]", recovery impossible, I should add this to _gvimrc:

set directory=.,$TEMP

And it worked for me.

Thanks! Using the environmental variable TEMP seems the best way to go, yet so few people suggest it from what I've seen. – leetNightshade Apr 2 '14 at 22:43

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