Keep your PC’s drive clean with Stor­age Sense

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1 Make sure Stor­age Sense is turned on

First, make sure that Stor­age Sense is en­abled. To do that, open the Start menu and go to Set­tings. Once there, click Sys­tem, then se­lect Stor­age. This will give you an over­view of all the drives that you have in­stalled in your PC, along with how much stor­age space is avail­able. Un­der­neath that you’ll see a sec­tion called ‘Stor­age sense’. Make sure this is set to On.

2 Change Stor­age Sense set­tings 2

To change how Stor­age Sense works, click ‘Change how we free up space au­to­mat­i­cally’. A new win­dow ap­pears, giv­ing you var­i­ous op­tions. The first lets you set when Stor­age Sense runs. By de­fault, it will run when drive space is low. Click the drop-down menu un­der­neath where it says ‘Runs Stor­age sense’ and pick a sched­ule if you want it to run more reg­u­larly, such as ev­ery week.

3 Tem­po­rary files

When us­ing your PC, var­i­ous apps (and even Win­dows 10) will cre­ate and store nu­mer­ous tem­po­rary files, which are only re­quired for a short amount of time. Af­ter that, they just take up space, so it’s worth let­ting Stor­age Sense re­move those files af­ter a set pe­riod. The de­fault is 30 days, which we think is a de­cent amount of time to en­sure those files are no longer needed.

4 Down­loaded files

Usu­ally when you down­load a pro­gram or file, it’s kept in your PC’s Down­loads folder. Even af­ter in­stalling a pro­gram, the in­staller it­self is usu­ally left in that folder, and over time you may find that you end up with a lot of large files there. To re­move your down­loads at cer­tain in­ter­vals, click the menu un­der where it says ‘Delete files in my Down­loads folder’ and choose a time.

5 Free up space now

If you want to use Stor­age Sense right now, then click ‘Clean now’, which will start the process of clean­ing your PC’s stor­age drive. It uses the set­tings you’ve se­lected from the rest of the page, so if you’ve cho­sen to never delete files in the Down­loads folder, then this will re­spect that choice. Af­ter click­ing the but­ton you’ll see a mes­sage ask­ing you to wait while Stor­age Sense runs.

6 Other ways to clean up your PC

With Stor­age Sense en­abled, you can leave Win­dows 10 to keep your drives free from clutter. How­ever, there are also a num­ber of other tools in Win­dows that can help you keep them clean. First, open File Ex­plorer and click This PC in the left-hand pane. This will give you an over­view of all your PC’s stor­age drives, and from there you can see how much space is on each drive.

7 Use Disk Clean-up

Disk Clean-up is a tool that pre­ceded Stor­age Sense, and has been a part of pre­vi­ous ver­sions of Win­dows for a while now. While Stor­age Sense now does a lot of what Disk Clean-up did, it’s still a use­ful tool. In the Start menu, search for Disk Clean-up and press [En­ter]. In the win­dow that opens, se­lect the disk you want to clean. This will be your ‘C:’ drive by de­fault.

8 Choose what to clean

Disk Clean-up will scan your PC for var­i­ous files that are safe to re­move, and then will list them in the win­dow above. You’ll see how much space each type of file takes up. Click the check­box to place a tick in it, which marks those files to be re­moved, then click OK to delete those files. For more op­tions, click ‘Clean up sys­tem files’. You’ll need to be logged in as an ad­min­is­tra­tor to do this.

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