Office temp files that start ~$ aren't being excluded from the file backup

When MS Office runs it creates temporary files that are hidden in the directory where the main file is located. They all start with ~$ and then have a name after. Something like:
~$rd labels 2016.docx
~$cost estimates.xlsx

I want to exclude those files from my file backup so in the Excluded Files (with wildcards) field I have tried entering both ~$* as well as ~$. but the files are still included in the backup.

I’m guessing it has something to do with the fact that they start with ~$.

Anyone know how to specify or escape those names to get them excluded?

I’m using version 2.5.23 on Windows


Have you tried *~$*

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Sir, you pointed out a terrifically simple approach and it worked flawlessly. Thank you so much!


The reason is this: the exclusion is not the file, its the path, so the path is something like C:\whatever\directory\you\use\~$rd labels 2016.docx so you need to use wildcard before even if the filename starts with ~$

Glad I could help.