Preventing Crashes in CorelDraw: Delete .tmp files

Roger Wambolt's career is the culmination of over 21 years in graphic design and education. It began in the trenches at Corel, where Wambolt provided user support, training and championed Corel's partner programs. Over the years, he acquired extensive knowledge through his relationships with graphics professionals in many industries, including print, sublimation, screen printing, sign making, engraving, and embroidery. In 2010, he started AdArt Graphics to provide graphic design and training services to a variety of international clients.

A CorelDraw Graphics Suite expert, Wambolt has been a popular presenter at industry trade shows. He has developed and conducted classroom training and online sessions throughout North America and has authored articles for key industry magazines. You can train at home with Wambolt using his book Bring It Home with CorelDraw: A Guide to In-House Graphic Design or by watching his online course CorelDraw X8 Essential Training at Lynda.com, in addition to his numerous tutorials on the Corel Discovery Center.

If the system seems to be slow or CorelDraw crashes frequently, it may be due to excessive .tmp files. These files are created when you import, copy/paste, or print. These files should be deleted regularly—if not, they can be like hair in a drain and clog up the entire system.

If you have excessive .tmp files on your Windows system, here is what you need to do:

Hold down the Windows key—this is the key between the Ctrl and the Alt keys to the left of the space bar. While holding this down, tap the letter R. This will open the Run command box.

Type "%tmp%" and tap the Enter key. When the folder opens, select one file and while holding the Ctrl key down, tap the letter A. This will select all. Finally, tap the Delete key on the keyboard. If a message appears that the file is in use or open, select the check box that says, "do this for all items" and click Skip. Once all the files that can be deleted are, close the .tmp folder.

If you are deleting a large number of .tmp files, it is suggested that you do a disk defragmentation as well. To do this, tap the Windows key and then type “defrag.” You should see Defragment and Optimize Drives. Select it and follow the prompts.

—Roger Wambolt, CorelDraw