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Every time I save a file (having previewed it) in TeXShop, it saves five different files (.aux, .log, .pdf, .synctex.gz, and .tex). Is there a way to change the setting so that it only saves the .tex file? Or the .tex file and .pdf file?

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marked as duplicate by Alan Munn, egreg, Guido, Jubobs, Werner Nov 30 '13 at 0:26

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Well there is the option of removing the auxiliary files after compilation from File->Remove Aux Files... – azetina Nov 29 '13 at 23:45
@Jeroen Tools->Clean Auxiliary Files... – azetina Nov 30 '13 at 0:04
@azetina: Thanks, I found it. – Jeroen Nov 30 '13 at 0:07

.log and .aux files are produced by TeX or LaTeX and are very important. You will see it, making more complicated documents. For example, the .aux file is useful when creating bibliographies.

Generally they a small, so there's no need of removing them during the work on a document.

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