Temp Files in Microsoft® Word 2003
The temporary file is created to temporarily store information in order to free memory for other purpose. It acts as a safety net to prevent data loss when the program performs certain functions. The temporary files only exist for the current section of Microsoft Word. When Microsoft Word is shut down in the normal way, all the temporary files will be closed and then deleted. There are two types of temporary files, such as document based file and transacted document files. The location where Microsoft Word creates the temporary files is hardcode information and cannot be edited. Microsoft Word uses temporary files as a safety measure to protect against the system errors in the file saving scheme.
- Temporary Directory
- Types of temporary files
- Automatic save
The temporary directory includes recorded macros, converted files and locked files. The recorded Macros is used for creating temporary files in the Windows temp directory. The Word processor converters supplied with Microsoft Word create temporary files in rich text format, which Word uses to access.
Types of temporary Files
The types of temporary files are document file based file, transacted document file and direct. The difference between document file based and a traditional MS-DOS file is that multiple programs can be read and written to these files without the original owner. Another transacted document file allows Microsoft Word to open a file, write to it and have other programs. Microsoft Word uses this direct storage while opening the temporary document files and while performing either a save as or a full save. It does not create a ghost image.
The temporary file that is created when Microsoft Word performs an automatic save is stored in temporary folder. If there is no valid temporary folder, then Microsoft Word saves the temporary files in the same folder. Microsoft Word automatically deletes this temporary file from memory when the original file is closed. When you open a file using the FTP or HTTP protocol, the file is first copied to the temporary directory and then the file is opened from the temp directory.