Whenever I create an Org file, a ~ backup file is created. How can I prevent this behaviour?

  • Is that file really named ~.org?
    – user12563
    Dec 30, 2017 at 13:12

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Customize option make-backup-files to nil.

See the Emacs manual, node Backup.

You could find this information yourself by asking Emacs:

  1. Open the Emacs manual: C-h r

  2. Consult the index: i backup TAB.

  3. Choose completion candidate backup file.

That takes you to node Backup of the manual, where this option (and more) is described.

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