Keep some files invisible
Question : A few weeks ago, the My Documents folder
filled up with folders I had never seen before and random
files with names like "WRL0003.tmp." How do I stop this
stuff from appearing?
Answer : You can't, but you can hide these files
and folders -- all byproducts of your software's routine
operation. That's how Windows normally works, but somebody
must have changed this setting (perhaps to fix a problem in
one of these invisible folders or files).
To undo that change, open the My Computer window, go to
its Tools menu, select "Folder Options . . ." and click the
View tab. Click the button next to "Do not show hidden files
and folders," followed by the "OK" button at the bottom of
this window, and your computer should look a lot cleaner.
It might seem weird to have your computer hiding files
behind your back, but the only idea is to ensure that
sensitive data don't get moved or deleted by mistake. (This
isn't exclusive to Windows, either; Mac OS X, Linux and
other operating systems keep some files and folders