Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2012 8:13 AM (in response to MA2011)
I have this software (latest update): Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 (11D50b)
I use Excel everyday...and since my latest update have NOT seen the phantom files.
However, easy - least painful... Ctrl-Command-Esc and relaunch Finder. Doing this - phantom files disappear immediately. NO rebooting necessary.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to hhbbmm44)
That's worked for some in the past - if you read the earlier reams of this thread you'll see a few others for whom it worked. One or two have done it by logging out and back in.
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be a universal solution. Restart on the other hand works every time.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2012 9:50 AM (in response to hhbbmm44)
This problem seems to only happen when you are editing an Excel file that's on your desktop - never happens (to me, anyway) if the file is in a folder. Well, maybe it does, but Excel seems to be able to make it go away in that folder. So this does sound like a permissions problem - which I have had a LOT since going to Lion. :^(
And the Force-Quit keyboard sequence is Option-Command-Escape, not Control-Command-Escape. ;^) Much better than rebooting . . .
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2012 11:05 AM (in response to chrisfromames)
this is the fix they are temp files that didn't get deleted properly by the program. relaunching finder should correct the problem
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 4:01 PM (in response to jjdaleville)
JJWEvanston's FORCE QUIT FINDER worked for me. Cleaning up PERMISSIONS did not. I (supposedly) have updated everything, so I'm assuming it's still a Microsoft (excel) issue.
I have to say, as a Mac user from almost Day One, that Lion has created more problems for me than all the problems in the past XX years. I know this one is MS, but geez Apple c'mon!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 25, 2012 5:58 AM (in response to MA2011)
Relaunching finder cleared this up for me. I agree, it is annoying, even more so that I was robbed of my right to actually trash the rogue!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to MA2011)
Hello. I don´t know the source of the problem but here is your answer to delete those files immediately. Hope it works for you as it did for me.
Close all files and programs and restart your Mac. Just restart your computer. After coming back, those files will be gone from your desktop.
1. Go to "utility disk";
2. Choose your Hard Drive and select it.
3. Push "Repair Disk Permissions" button.
4. Restart your computer when repair is finished.
5. Ready to keep going. Unwanted files are gone.
See you soon.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 2:31 AM (in response to victorfromcancun)
Repair permissions is irrelevant. It does not address file permissions.
The restart clears the problem.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 31, 2012 4:35 PM (in response to MA2011)
Restart solved my problem.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 22, 2012 3:58 PM (in response to MA2011)
Restart worked on mine too. Wouldn't even work when I shut down and restarted. But straight restart totally worked. Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2012 4:24 AM (in response to MA2011)
I didn't need to restart the computer - I just force quit the Finder.
To do this, hit Command Alt Esc, then select Finder, and Force Quit.
Takes a few seconds and, if this is the only problem, you can keep everything else running. It's perfectly safe.
Also, not only Lion is affected - I'm running Snow Leopard and get these phantom temp files. First one today.
Also, these are not hidden files - they don't exist, so they can't be trashed or seen by the Terminal or any other application which views hidden files. They're just phantom icons.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 8, 2012 12:49 PM (in response to doe09)
The running disk repair and rebooting solved the problem for me. Thanks.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2012 1:07 AM (in response to bood)
I discovered a much easier way to get rid of these than rebooting:
1. Go to Force Quit via the Apple menu in the top-left corner, or pressing Alt-Cmd-Esc at the same time.
2. Select Finder
3. Click on Relaunch.
Voilà, files disappear when the Finder relaunches.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2012 6:45 AM (in response to MA2011)
Try this quicky:
Go to apple menu...force quit...
select relaunch finder.......
should be gone........
Currently Being ModeratedDec 21, 2012 12:10 PM (in response to MA2011)
Just some more information -
Relaunching the Finder erases the icons from the Desktop, but their position is still occupied. If you create a new file, it will not place its icon anywhere that those ghost files were before the Finder relaunch. You can manually move the new file/folder to the occupied location, though. This "feature" is fixed only be a complete restart.
Also, my Excel version is 14.2.5 and its happening. My colleagues Excel version is 14.1.3 and it does not seem to be happening.