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when I save the file, excel creates tmp file in the same dicectory as the
original file is placed. Everytime i click to save this document, it creates
another tmp file.
When I leave Excel application, tmp files are not deleted.
Is it possible to solve this problem?

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I use Excel 2003 and within the last few weeks, it started creating a new temp file each time I saved the document. Each time I either do ctrl S or hit the save icon, it saves the file and creates a temp file at the same time. If I save the file 10 times, it creates 10 temp files. The only way to get rid of them is to manually delete them.

Please let me know if there is a setting which needs to be changed. I can't remember changing anything but I sure may have.

Thanks for your help.

I have a macro that saves the current workbook as a .csv file but some way or another there is something different about that file than a file that was created as a .csv through other means.

We have a program that exports .csv files and when I compare a file my macro creates with a .csv that the program creates, the one my macro creates is much bigger even though when you open both and compare the data, they will appear to be identical.

And another program that we have that imports .csv files will not import the files my macro creates.

Another difference between the two files is that when I right click on the file my macro creates and click 'Properties' there are 3 tabs, 'General, Custom & Summary' whereas the .csv file that the other program creates does not show all 3 tabs.

Any idea what might be causing this?


A user has an excel file that everytime they save it creates a new file with a date/time stamp on the end, how can I disable this? (versioning?)


We have a shared workbook that is modified and viewed by several people throghout the day. Most users are in read only, but 2-4 might be in write mode at one time. The issue we have is that when someone saves the file, the save process is not completing and the original file is deleted, but the temp file is not renamed.
Excel creates the temp file when the shared workbook is opened up, when the user saves the shared file the original file is deleted and then the temp file is renamed to match the original name. The temp file on the server is occasinoally not being renamed and I have to manually rename the temp file to get the file back. This might happen once a week, month... Yesterday it happened 3 times. This happens occasionally on all of our shared files.
Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

When I make changes to an excel document and save it, it doesn't overwrite the file, but instead creates another file with only numbers, that cannot be deleted or renamed. The second file's icon is changed into a "file" icon instead of showing an excel "file" icon.

This is an XP workstation, using office 2000, security on file is ok, user is included in this file's security. I do get an error msg that there is not enough space on disk, but file is on server with 7TB free (file = 315kb).

I've searched the windows office knowledge database, but cannot find any link to this problem.

Someone has an idea?



Hello, I'm new here, I don't know if my topic should be here.
I'm using Excel 2000 since few years and I didn't have problems with it, until now.
When I try to modify a file that I've already created, an unexpected window appears telling me that Excel can't save my document with the same name, and it creates a .tmp file.
I need to save the file with se same name, so please help me with this problem.
Thank you in advance.

I am creating an excel file using the 12.0 version of the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel dll. After I edit it using office 2007 and save it it becomes unreadable. Also if I rename the file in to .zip then the package is corrupt. This application that creates these excels on the fly using PIA 12.0 but when I open the excels using office 2007 something goes wrong with them. It allows me to save using 2007 but on trying to read the file again it says file is corrupted.

Any know issues with the PIA like that?? I have 2010 installed on the system that creates the files on the fly . Will that make a difference?

Is this a known issue?? Also is there any work around to it?? Any help will be utmost appreciated.

Vipul Unadkat

I'm running Excel 2003 on Windows XP Pro SP2. I'm accessing files on a network drive. I recently changed some security settings in Windows for this particular folder so that only certain people had full control. But everyone can open and save changes to the Excel files within this folder. Since that change, I have seen an enormous amount of temp files, with no extension. The file type says "File" and they are all the same number of characters, like "0EF21000". They open up in Excel just fine. But it seems everytime one of the 43 excel files in this folder is open, it creates a new "File". So in a 12 hour period, access to these 43 Excel files have created 375 "File" files. Prior to this security change, I had seen these files as well. Not everytime a file was opened, but there were still quite a few. But NOTHING like it is now.

What is causing these files to be created??? Can I stop it? I know I could write VBA to clean out all non-XLS files daily, but I'm just trying to figure this out first. Is there a setting in Excel that could be causing this?

i am using macro written in VB from another application called qlikview to create an excel file , do some work there in this file and then save the file as html in the defined location

macro is running fine
Issue -when i manually save the excel file at the location it also creates a files folder which contains all the images etc
but when saved through macro, no file folder is created


In my wife's office they have a lap top PC with Excel 2000 and a new Intel Mac with Mac Excel 2008.

They have moved the Excel data bases to the Mac and via a LAN the PC has access to them.

Prior to this they shared files on one PC with another PC with the same Excel 2000 with no problems.

Now They're trying to share the same files between Mac & PC.

The problem is when they access a file on the Mac via the PC, make changes and save, a Warning comes up stating they will no longer be able to open this file. They have to click OK and the it says "Unable to open Read Only file due to Low Memory".

Accessing the file again (double clicking on it) after the save, creates the same "Unable to open Read Only file due to Low Memory".

Accessing the same file, changing, and saving it again on the Mac is no problem. Even after doing this, the PC still has the same problem, not being able to access it.

BTW the save it as an .xls file on the Mac, and I believe as a 95-2004 Excel file.

Can anyone please help us with this?

Burlin1 in TX

I have one user in the office when they save there excel document it creates
a *.tmp file in the current file folder.

Now I checked - Select Tools|General Option and put a check against the
Always Create Backup box before you save the file. But that is not it.

The file created is something like this. dhti4345$0buget200243~.tmp

IF anyone could help that would be greatly appreciated.

I also looked into editing the registry and increasing the cache size but I
would prefer not to do that.

thanks again

Excel when saving a file creates an 8 character random filename which it saves the file into, then after it is complete it renames the temp file name to the actual file name
e.g. myfile.xls --> save file --> temp file called 63ECD800 --> save completes --> myfile.xls deleted --> 63ECD800 renamed to myfile.xls --> save complete. ...explains this

Question - can this TEMP FILE NAME be forced to be something else?
e.g. 63ECD800.tmp or ~myexcelsheet.tmp

Reason - windows desktop search tries to access the temp file while excel is still using it. This causes excel to leave the filename at the temp name.
If I can add a .tmp to the file name I can tell windows desktop search to ignore it.
(this problem seems to be fairly widespread; but most users can't diagnose the fault. I only noticed it one day when the search kept the file locked..)
Unfortunately trying to get the message to the W.D.S. developers is impossible!!

I googled this and did not really turn up anything.

When i use the Pl/sql developer function 'copy to excel', it creates/opens
an excel file for me in the "c.\...\temp" directory".
Now when I am in this file and I use the file/open and file/save commands excel defaults to the "c.\...\temp" directory".

I was wondering if anyone knows how to change the path of the file/open file/save as commands.
I would like to be able to save the file right at the "c:\" directory.

I am using excel2000 and windowxp.
If you need any more info, just ask. I am not very computer literate.


I have a workbook with a User Input Form that when saved (via VBA) creates a new file and file name and saves as an xlsx workbook.
How can I save the new file as a PDF.
PS: I need the original file to remain as an Excel Macro Enabled Workbook.

I have two folders which have a bunch of Excel Sheets. Everytime an user opens those files, it creates a file with 8 characters in the name(Eg: FB71F000 ) The file does not have an extension. I have scanned the folders for Virus or any other problem and they seem to be fine.
Everyday, there are about 70+ files created. When I right click on the file and see the properties , I see this

I have attached a screen shot of the folder. I could not attach the files as the forum attachment manager recognizes it as invalid.

Please help.


When a co-worker of mine saves an excel file that I e-mailed her it creates a text file also. Does anyone know why this is happening?

Thanks in advance


I need to build a macro that creates a xml file, having information taken from the excel file and from a database. The fact is that i have an example that shows me how the final file should look like.

An example of a final xml source looks like this one:

So, i have managed to write a vb procedure that creates the exact document, except adding the xmlns and xmlns:xsi atrribuites to the "root" and to "DataFromDB" tags.
I don't know how to do that.
I use Microsoft XML, v5.0.
Could you please help me with this problem?

Here's a little public service (and a reference point for me the next
time this happens if I forget) for people stuck with this type of Excel

You try to save a file (for me, 53Mb excel file using extensive VBA and
autofiltering to an NTFS compressed network share) and get the
following type of message;

Your changes could not be saved to '<<filename>>.xls", but were
saved to a temporary document named 'D933D120'. Close the
existing document, then open the temporary document and
save it under a new name."

You attempt to save and get an error "File not saved".

You close, reboot, wait for a three-quarter moon etc etc, try to open
the temporary file and get the error
"Excel cannot access 'D933D120'. The document may be read-only or

Thank you to those authors describing the above as a garbage bucket
error message, commonly having nothing to do with either read-only
attributes or encryption, which got me thinking "what else could stop a
file being opened".

Here's the solution;
Right click the file

For me, the security settings were blank. It appears that the saving
process which creates this temp file when "overwriting" (actually
creates new file(the temp file above), deletes old, renames new with
old name) an old file fell over before it could apply the relevant
access lists and rename the file.

Simply add yourself as an authorised user for the file, with full

I was then able to open the file, rename etcetera, as described on the
original error message.

As to the original cause of the issue, ie why the save process fell
? - didn't get identical
messages, so not 100%

?Various mentions of antivirus software - unconfirmed

?NTFS compression - takes so long on some large files that a timeout of
some sort occurs- hypothetical only. May depend on network traffic at
the time.

I'm trying to record, and modify the code of, a macro that will be used to
save a file to a new location using a different file type. The problem I'm
having is that the macro now uses the recorded file name for every file that
is copied, regardless of the original file name. The "save as" procedure I'm
doing is to allow the user to click a custom toolbar button in any file to
save that file to a specific location, in the CSV format, while preserving
the original file's name.

Is there code available to preserve the original file name while changing
the file format for any file I choose to save?

Thank you!

Good Evening

I have attached the file below for reference.

I have a form which im an am entering to keep a backup of a knowledge base. I need to be able to output each entry to a new word document and be able to save it as the document ID. I will be creating a simple html file to link to the documents at a later date.

The issue i have is that the access report that i created creates one big report, when exported to excel it is also one big report and doesnt include the correct header each time.

Any help you can provide would be great.

Link to my file: My File

I have been trying to create a macro to extract data from a workbook created by data exportation from another application.

My problem is that any macros I save in my personal.xls file are not visible from this file, though visible from any other file that I open manually.

Please note that everytime I export data from this application it launches Excel afresh and creates a new workbook.

Thanks in advance for any assiatance.


I am working with 2 files, A and B.

File A opens File B and then saves File B as file C.

Then Data gets pasted from File A to File C and then File C is saved as file C

My code works up to where I want to save file C as file C after pasting data from file A.

Thanks for any help, John

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Hi Guys

Not sure whether this is the right place to post this or not. I apologise if its not.

I'm trying to create datasource for a word file to look to an excel file, dependant on the filename of the particular excel file. For example

If the excel file was called 1.xls then the datasource would be created based on that file. All this would be done from within Excel.

The final output I am trying to achieve is that you press a button from witin excel, then this goes and creates a new word file connecting it to a datasource created based on the excel file its reading from and then creates a mail merge based on the data in that excel file.

Hope somebody out there can help with this problem.



Hello All,

lately anytime I save an Excel file to a folder, it also creates a .tmp file with alpha numeric file names (e.g. 54405FA). This hasn't always happened but can't figure out what changed on my end. Any thoughts?

For what it's worth, I'm using Excel 2007. Any advice is appreciated.

I have an Apple, with Office X installed, connected to my network of PC's running Office XP. When I open a Excel file (served from a PC across the network) on the Apple, it opens fine with Excel X and I can do all my edits etc without trouble. However when I save back the file to its original location, it creates a shadow file as well with some meaningless information. The saved file when opened on the PC (Excel XP) has lost its VBA project name (and all modules) and therfore can not perofrm any VBA macros unless these are repasted from elsewhere.
Has anyone any ideas to solve this?