In Windows 2000 and XP, Windows accumulates a mess of temporary files in a few hidden subfolders of your user profile. This folder is C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Local Settings\Temp
Or C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
6.37 Unhide All The Hidden Files and Folders (1)Did you know that even when you've selected to view hidden files and folders in >> Explorer's Tools >> Folder Options >> View Advanced settings, there are some files that still won't be displayed? These are system files and normally you'd have no reason to access, change or delete them (and doing so could cause big problems if you don't know what you're doing). But if you'd like to see everything that's there, you can make Windows treat these like regular hidden files so that the settings to view hidden files and folders will cause them to display in Explorer. You can do so by editing the registry.* First, navigate to the following registry key:HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced* In the right pane, double click the entry ShowSuperHidden. * Set the data value to 1. If you later decide you want these "super hidden" files to stay out of sight, set the data value back to 0. NOTE: But EVEN this patch does not show you the folder C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE56.38 Unhide All The Hidden Files and Folders (2)There is a bit of a gotcha! in WinXP when you do a file search. XP normally only includes registered file types when searching for files and folders. If you want to be sure that the search is for all files, registered types or not, use the following registry hack for WinXP: Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex Name: FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensionsType: REG_DWORD Value: 1NOTE: But EVEN this patch does not show you the folder C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
I don't think I would be in error if I said "Only the Current User Content.IE5 folder cannot be seen as if it did not exist" >> Logging in as the Administrator may help you out with this 'invisible 'folder'!
6.52 Delete Files that are "Undeletable" (3)
A recent (10/2006) FREEware program, called Unlocker, provides a right-click content feature that can unlock files on the fly (for ready deletion). This is done by determining which programs have open-handles on the file being attempted to be deleted. Unlocker shows such handles and allows shutting down and/or disabling such programs from holding “handles” on selected files for deletion. http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
Since these temporary files are saved in the Temp folder without the actual name of the Word® document, you may have to go thru some exploration to figure out which one is the actual document (use the date/time stamp of the file to assist. Please come back and let us know if your problem has been resolved and how