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How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10

To get extra space on your computer

In this technology-driven world, extra storage space in a computer is very crucial. One of the easiest ways to make that extra space on a computer is by doing away with temporary files.

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Temporary files on your PC are created by Windows itself and some applications to store temporary data in order to either speed up launch times, pre-loading data and as a back up in some programs.

While you cannot easily delete temporary files created by third-party apps on your system, but deleting temporary files created by the operating system is a very simple and straightforward process. You’d be surprised to know how much storage space Windows might be hoarding on your PC for temporary files.

Clear Temp Files using Storage Settings on Windows 10

Unlike earlier Windows versions, Windows 10 has an easy to use storage management tool to find apps, files and folders which are using most storage space on the system. It also makes it effortless to find storage space consumed by temporary files on your PC, along with options to delete the temporary data stored by for various Windows features.

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To start with, open the Start menu on your Windows 10 PC, and search for “Storage settings”. It’s okay if you don’t see a search box in the Start menu when you open it, just start typing your search and it’ll show.

Click ‘Storage settings’ from the search results.

On the ‘Storage’ window that opens, you’ll see a list of the type of data consuming most space on your Windows installation drive.

Click on ‘Temporary files’ to see in detail the storage space consumed by various temporary file types on the system.

It might take some time for the system to scan all temporary files. Once that is done, you can tick the checkmark boxes against each type of temporary data to that you think are safe to delete on your PC.

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After selecting temporary data to delete from your PC, click on the ‘Remove files’ button at the top of the window to delete the data. You can see the total space consumed by the data you selected on the right of the ‘Remove files’ button. Deleting this data will free all of this space on the disk.

Windows will now purge/delete all temporary data you selected from your PC. It might take some time depending on the size of the data.


Deleting temporary files not only generates an extra space on your system but also speeds up the functioning of the system in some cases. You should clean up those files regularly.