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zpeterk
Grafter
Posts: 377
Registered: 14-04-2007

a file called ~

Anyone know about a file called " ~" of 209K that turns up on the desktop?

Moderators note (John) Title altered from "~" to "a file called ~" which may make more sense to some people?
5 REPLIES
Community Veteran
Posts: 4,729
Registered: 04-04-2007

a file called ~

Its to do with a bug in Outlook Express.

Just delete it.

Chilly
Community Veteran
Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

a file called ~

It's a backup copy of your contacts list/Address book and is usually created on your desktop. It is created each time you change or add contacts in OE. It is a bug introduced by Micro$oft in one of the hotfixes some time ago.

You can safely delete it each time it appears.

For full details see: http://www.tomax7.com/office/tilde.htm
Plusnet Staff
Plusnet Staff
Posts: 12,169
Thanks: 18
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Registered: 04-04-2007

a file called ~

I haven't seen this file for ages, perfectly safe to delete it. I think it was fixed with Internet Explorer 6SP1. If not you might need to wait until the next service pack update later in the year.
N/A

a file called ~

Dave, this issue still exists and IIRC it was introduced with IE SP1 rather than fixed.
Community Veteran
Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

a file called ~

There has not been an official fix for this problem that I know of.