What Is a ".tmp" File?


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A .tmp file is a temporary record that stores in a folder as a program is in use. A temporary file is created because there is insufficient memory for other software that the computer is currently using or to avoid missing data and system failures.

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Most temporary files are manually deleted by the user if they no longer serve a purpose. This is the same for temporary Internet files. Previously visited websites are loaded quicker and can be accessed offline. Links or bookmarks are not lost from deleting temporary Internet files besides websites accessed, cookies, web form information, and passwords unless the browser is customized, as of 2014.

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