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02-09-2004, 08:26 PM
I am sure I have seen reverence to this before but I cant find reference to it nor can I remember if there was a solution. All I know is that the file shows up on the desktop when a change is made in the address book of outlook express. Any answers?


Running win98se
come to think of it it shows up on the lappy to running xp pro

02-09-2004, 08:41 PM
Its been done to death in the past, you are not wrong.

Its a backup copy of your address book, as you have surmised.

Its happening as a result of an update to Windows, which had this undesired "feature"

One day another update may fix it...?

Either delete it or ignore it, its not a problem as such.

02-09-2004, 08:45 PM
cheers GF thats all I wanted to know. thought there may have been a fix out but since there isnt I will continue hitting DEL

Jen C
02-09-2004, 09:14 PM
Rather than having it cluttering up your desktop, you can set it to appear elsewhere such as under the C:\ directory.

This a copy & paste from this site: What is this ~ file? (http://www.pchell.com/support/tildefile.shtml)

An alternative to this would be to change the Start in option for Outlook Express. This has been suggested by a few visitors and works well.

* Find the shortcut to Outlook Express and right-click on it
* Click on Properties
* Make sure Read-only is unchecked on the General tab
* Click on the Shortcut tab
* In the "Start In" field, change it to an alternative path where the tilde file will appear, for example C:\
* Click on Apply

Might be worth a shot to see if this trick works for you. :)

02-09-2004, 09:27 PM
yep that worked!!! cheers, your a ledge