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? Dec 14, 2011 at 23:21
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    Can you see hidden files in the Finder?
    – Gio
    Dec 14, 2011 at 23:28
  • Try relaunching finder with the force quit dialog from the apple menu after closing excel and tell me if they disappear. Dec 15, 2011 at 0:04
  • yes, i have quit excel before i try to delete them. they go away if i force quit/relaunch finder. Dec 15, 2011 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, 2011 at 3:55

2 Answers 2


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, 2012 at 18:03
  • try it with sudo?
    – segiddins
    Mar 31, 2012 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, 2012 at 23:57
  • ok. never seen the issue so my answer was kind of a stab in the dark.
    – segiddins
    Apr 1, 2012 at 1:21

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