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?

  • 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. – ConstantineK 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

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.


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

  • 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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