ls -la on my macbook pro terminal reveals some files with prefix ~$.

What is this? How was this created? Can I safely delete these files?


  • Where are they? It might be some kind of Office backup/safety/autosave structure
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 13 at 16:09
  • they appear in my /Desktop/ directory!
    – seralouk
    Apr 13 at 16:30
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    For office they are temp files. the pdf could be one too if it were created with Word.
    – LPChip
    Apr 13 at 16:47
  • can I remove them?
    – seralouk
    Apr 13 at 17:43


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