Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

For some reason my machine is full of M$ Word temporary files such as:


Can someone suggest a find/regex command to search $HOME and delete them?

share|improve this question
Typical... just figured it... find . | egrep \~ | while read f; do mv "$f" ~/Desktop/Trash/;done – Nick Apr 6 '12 at 9:17
up vote 4 down vote accepted

In bash 4 or above:

shopt -s globstar
rm ~/**/'~$'*

In zsh or ksh93, you can use the rm line above directly.

share|improve this answer

Use this to remove all files which start with ~$:

find /path/to/dir -name '~$*' -delete
share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.