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    Back up files (XP 2000 Proff SP2)

    At some time in the near past I must have altered some setting which causes a back up copy to be made of every file I create / edit [see attachment.] Please point me to the setting which needs to be un-ticked to stop this happening as I cannot remember where it is. Furthermore, many times these backup files will not delete even though the original files they are copies of are not open. Regards .
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    Re: Back up files (XP 2000 Proff SP2)

    As I see, it is not "every file", but Word documents only.

    If this is correct, open Microsoft Word, from Tools menu select Options, click Save tab and uncheck "Always create backup copy" checkbox (Word 97, 2000, XP/2002, 2003).
    Or open Microsoft Word, click on Office Logo in the upper left corner, on the open window click on Word Options button at the bottom, on the next window click on Advanced on the left pane, scroll down the right pane and under Save uncheck "Always create backup copy" checkbox (Word 2007).

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    Re: Back up files (XP 2000 Proff SP2)

    <!profile=kaplinb>kaplinb<!/profile> has correctly identified what these files are. But you might want to consider not turning off this feature. It has saved my bacon a few times. The idea is that when you alter and then re-save a Word document, Word keeps the last version as a back-up. So if you make some terrible blunder and do something like save after deleting an important para you should have kept, all is not lost. If you have a file called, say Daveletter.doc, the backup is saved as Backup of Daveletter.wbk. It is just a Word document and you can open it in Word if you want. There should be no reason why you cannot delete such files. I use them all the time, and periodically I delete old ones once I am sure I won't need them. They are not a substitute for a backup of your files to another drive or medium though.

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    Re: Back up files (XP 2000 Proff SP2)

    Thanks gentlemen, I appreciate what you both have said but this has just started to happen recently so I must have altered some setting somewhere, beside Ian, whilst I quite understand your point about saving your bacon, It bugs me the see these copy files accumulating on and cluttering up the desktop. Incidentally Kaplind, I'm afraid I could not follow your second option so maybe you can be [if possible] a little more specific. SORRY Dave.
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    Re: Back up files (XP 2000 Proff SP2)

    In kaplinb's reply, the part
    <hr>If this is correct, open Microsoft Word, from Tools menu select Options, click Save tab and uncheck "Always create backup copy" checkbox (Word 97, 2000, XP/2002, 2003).<hr>
    was intended for you (since you use Word 2000). The part
    <hr>Or open Microsoft Word, click on Office Logo in the upper left corner, on the open window click on Word Options button at the bottom, on the next window click on Advanced on the left pane, scroll down the right pane and under Save uncheck "Always create backup copy" checkbox (Word 2007).<hr>
    does not apply to you since you don't have Word 2007.

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    Re: Back up files (XP 2000 Proff SP2)

    Pardon my ineptitude, no wonder I was unable to follow the second part which (on re-reading what Kaplinb wrote) clearly concerns Word 2007. apologies.
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