MS Word has renamed files & we can't open them

  EmptyJay 20:39 25 Jun 03
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Word (or we?) has renamed some files - e.g. previously "christmas images.doc" - now "~$ristmas images.doc" and the 'W' icon in Windows Explorer (W98 SE)is dulled out. When we try and open these files all we get is a series of squares interspersed with an odd letter.
Help!!

  PA28 20:51 25 Jun 03

The description you give is normally that of a file that's actually open in Word at the time (common when you are flipping around or "saving as"). Does the original file not exist despite this apparent renaming if you check in Explorer after exiting Word?

  DieSse 21:04 25 Jun 03

As PA28 says, these are temporary files made by word when you are actuaaly working on the file in question. They should be deleted when you close Word down. If Word crashes, then sometimes these files get left behind.

Under normal circumstances you can just delete them - but not if you have lost the original files!!!!

  Bodi 21:23 25 Jun 03

are Word's format coding. If you go down through them, you will find your text interspersed throughout. Someone had a similar problem recently: see here

click here

this might help you retrieve your files.

Bodi

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