How to Recover a .tmp File

by Stephen Lilley
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Files with a .TMP file extension are temporary files on your computer. Oftentimes these are used during the installation of a program or by your Internet web browser. There are hundreds if not thousands of temporary files on your computer at any given time, so if you're trying to recover one that you've lost it will be helpful to know the name. If you don't, you can still search by file extension in the Windows File and Folder search.

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Click "Search."

Step 3

Click "For Files or Folders..."

Step 4

Click "All Files and Folders."

Type the name of the .TMP file you want to recover into the box you see on screen. Then, click the green button. This will search every directory on your computer for the file you've specified. Once located, the .TMP file will appear in the search results on the right portion of the screen.


  • If you don't know the name of the .TMP file you're trying to recover, don't include a name in your search. Simply searching for the file extension will compile a list of all temporary files on your computer on the screen. Then, you can view the results to try to narrow it down to the file you're looking for.


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About the Author

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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