why is "~$" appearing in front of my excel file names?

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chlor thanks on 13 Jul 2016
Edited: chlor thanks on 13 Jul 2016
Earlier I used dir command to find all the excel files that I have, but for some of the file names (not all) it returns file names that have ~$ in front. For example:
Instead of
File1.xls
File2.xlsx
It returns
~$File1.xls
~$File2.xlsx
etc
Can anyone advice me what is going on here? I would like to get rid of the ~$ in front of the file names or at least know why. Thank you!

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