Delete files & clean up your Hard Disk via Windows 10 Settings

Disappearing Disk Space is a common scenario for most computer users, and it is, therefore, imperative that you clear up your Disk Space from time to time. Most of us use the built-in Disk Cleanup Tool or some free junk file cleaner to do the job. Windows 10 users have another option, and that is via Windows 10 Settings.

Clean up Hard Disk using Windows 10 Settings

Fro the Start Menu, open the Settings of your Windows 10, select System and then click on Storage to open the following panel.

Here, under Local Storage, you will see your drives listed along with the disk space that has been used. Select the drive you would like to know more details like the nature of files that are stored and the disk space they consume.

Clean up Hard Disk using Windows 10 Settings

Clicking on any item will open up another panel where you will see a button that lets you manage that item and the disk space it occupies. This post show more in detail how to manage Disk Space & Storage using Windows 10 Settings.

To delete the temporary junk files, scroll down to Temporary Files option and click on the option. The following panel will open.

Hard Disk

The options available for removing four different type of temporary files will be listed. Select Remove files to clean up the unwanted files. Depending on what is available for deletion, you will see the following options for cleaning up four categories of files from your disk drive:

  1. Temporary Files
  2. Downloads Folder
  3. Empty Recycle Bin
  4. Previous version of Windows

Please note that the option to clean up files would not appear on your computer screen if there’s no previous version of Windows on your system.

Select the files you want to delete and then press the Remove files button.

That’s it!

On the Storage settings panel, scroll down a bit and you will see a new feature Storage Sense that helps you delete junk files in Windows 10 automatically.

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