Excel 2002 SP3 creates odd files starting with D


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Guest

Hello,

I have a large spreadsheet on a shared drive, which can be modified by only
one person at any given time.

I am finding files that start with a D in the same folder. Here is an
example of one of the file names: D89D3000

As time goes by, more and more of these show up. Each file is named based
on a variation on the above name, and always starting with a D. As many as
50 have been created before. I delete them, but they just come back.

This D fileis a copy of the actual file, except that there is no .xls
extension, Active X or VB Code that is copied over. When you open it you get
the following errors:

Lost Visual Basic Project
Lost Active X Controls

We are not using any digital signatures. It is just a normal, large
spreadsheet.

Does anyone have any idea why these are created, and how to stop them?

Thank you,

Coder68
 
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Bill Manville

The files are temporary files created by Excel during the act of saving
the file. Excel saves by writing the workbook to such a temporary
file, deleting the original file and then renaming the temporary file.

I would suspect that the permissions on the directory are not allowing
some user(s) to delete the original file and so the save is failing.
I would expect the user(s) to get a message to this effect.

Bill Manville
MVP - Microsoft Excel, Oxford, England
 
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Guest

I ask everyone, and they all reported that they are not getting any errors,
or pop up boxes of any kind.

I have checked all the users’ permissions and found they should be fine.

Each user has the following permissions: Modify, Read, write, execute, list.

They do not have the following rights: Full control, delete subfolders and
files, take ownership.

The Excel file is not in a shared mode either.

Why are we getting so many of these? There are no obvious errors occurring,
and it seems to happen randomly.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Coder68
 
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Bill Manville

They will need delete file permissions to delete the original file
before the temporary file can be renamed as the original file was.

Bill Manville
MVP - Microsoft Excel, Oxford, England
 

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