Many programs, including WordPerfect, create copies of data files
as they are created or modified to allow for undoing a change to the
file. These files are normally deleted by the program when the program
is exited. If the program is terminated in an abnormal manner, the
normal exit procedure to delete the temporary files is bypassed. The
presence of old, undeleted temporary files has a tendency to confuse
the parent program, and can contribute to slowdowns or lockups of the
Use either My Computer or Windows Explorer to browse the disk drive.
Temporary files have a file extension of .tmp, and are normally located
in the Temp folder in Windows or in the Temp folder under drive C:.
Once you've located the temp files, mark them with the mouse and hit
the Delete key.
Temp folders are usually located in 'C:\temp', 'C:\winnt\temp',
'C:\windows\temp' and also in 'C:\Documents and Settings'.
Inside the 'Documents and Settings' folder, you will need
to select the profile (the username you logged on with).
Inside there, locate the 'Local Settings' folder (it may
be hidden - get it to appear by clicking on Tools, Folder
Options, View, Show hidden files and folders). Inside the
'Local Settings' folder you will find both a Temp directory
and a 'Temporary Internet Files' directory.
called Disk Cleanup is also available from the My Computer
window. By right-clicking on a drive icon, then selecting
Properties, you get the Drive Properties window. Just below the
pie chart showing drive usage is a button for Disk Cleanup.
can help in removing unneeded files from the temp folder, the
Recycle Bin, the Temporary Internet Files folder, and the Downloaded
Program Files folder.
other files I can clean up?
Many times if something goes wrong with your computer and
it needs to run a disk check, problems can be detected and
repaired. During those repairs, files with the extension
.chk are created in your C:\ directory. These files are only
meant to be temporary and can be safely deleted.