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temporary file

[′tem·pə‚rer·ē ′fīl]
(computer science)
A file that is created during the execution of a computer program to hold interim results and is erased before the program is completed.
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temporary file

A file created by an application for its own purposes. In the days of limited main memory, temporary files were the only way to store large amounts of interim data that the application was generating. Today, main memory is often used instead. Temporary files typically have a .TMP or .TEMP file extension, but any naming convention might be used.

Not Always Deleted
An application is responsible for deleting its temporary files; however, such files often remain on disk if the computer crashed, and the program was not closed properly. See temporary folder and temporary Internet files.
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According to the company, MarkzTools is an XTension that enables users to automatically verify their saved Quark documents, so that they immediately know if their file is safe, while the MarkzTools special temp file allows users to more easily recover documents that have become corrupted during a save operation.
So, if the file name is Help.doc, the temp file will be ~$Help.doc.
It uses a temp file to prevent bad documents from occurring, can recover text data from many corrupted or badly damaged files, recover bad or corrupt Quark documents and retain or assign a colour label applied to a document in the finder.
Then, when you close the file, the temp file usually is erased.
Junk Clean: This feature cleans all the junk files such as system cache, app cache, temp files and reclaims space in seconds.
In addition, WinZip Courier 6 wipes temp files to ensure the security of encrypted attachments.
A whole process of removing apps, cleaning temp files and cleaning up the startup list is needed, before you will actually feel the performance this machine is capable of.
PICs slow down as temp files from pages visited accumulate.
"We mainly use email and temp files for business too, but we still use fax in some situations -- like sending or accepting estimates, or sending copies of drivers' licences." Banks, insurance companies, real estate offices and even supermarkets still widely accept faxes, stamped with the customers' all-important hanko, or personal seal.
All temp files, history and cookies remain on the drive keeping browsing private, even on a public computer.