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I run OSX Lion and I have an excel spreadsheet 2011 sitting on my desktop that I regularly open, update, and save. Whenever I open, edit, and save the excel spreadsheet, a new file is created on the desktop that I can't delete (even when excel is closed). The files have names "BEE05630", "D5A1F120", etc. I have to restart for the files to disappear from my desktop.

Any way to fix this?

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How are you saving these files? are you quitting Excel before you try to delete? –  Graeme Hutchison Dec 14 '11 at 23:21
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Can you see hidden files in the Finder? –  Gio Dec 14 '11 at 23:28
    
Try relaunching finder with the force quit dialog from the apple menu after closing excel and tell me if they disappear. –  hobs Dec 15 '11 at 0:04
    
yes, i have quit excel before i try to delete them. they go away if i force quit/relaunch finder. –  BestPractices Dec 15 '11 at 1:31
    
You definitely need to see if you have invisible files showing in the Finder. That may be your problem. –  daviesgeek Dec 17 '11 at 3:55

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Force quitting finder "fixes" this but is a work-around. If no one has a better fix, I'm going to have to mark this as the answer.

Press option down while right-clicking the finder in the dock, then click "Relaunch". It relaunched the desktop and the random excel file went away.

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open Terminal.app and run rm -f "Path-To-File"

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FYI, this didn't work. –  RLH Mar 31 '12 at 18:03
    
try it with sudo? –  segiddins Mar 31 '12 at 20:55
    
I don't know why but BestPractices method worked. I no longer have the files to try it on. –  RLH Mar 31 '12 at 23:57
    
ok. never seen the issue so my answer was kind of a stab in the dark. –  segiddins Apr 1 '12 at 1:21

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