Every time I open a Microsoft Word 2010 document, it makes a second copy in which the first two letters of the file name are replaced with ~$. The Word logo next to the name is also fainter than the other documents. It's very strange, and when I try to open this version, which is always much smaller in size than the real version, a window that says it cannot be opened because of problems with the contents. I can easily delete the files, but it's tedious and pointless. Anyone know how to stop all this?
In linux, Whenever someone opens a document with vim which is like command line's word, a ~backup.filename.swp is created, if you lose power or other things occur in which vim exits abnormally, the swp file keeps the changes that would have been lost.
In windows, I believe that this is the same type of instance occuring, although upon closure of the document, it should remove this file as vim does upon a clean exit.
tl;dr Its in case you lose your progress, I wouldnt recommend deleting them.