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How To Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10 (Manual + Automated Approach)

Almost every new iteration of the Windows 10 OS has sophistications and functional upgrades intelligently crafted out for the modern user. Discarding temporary files from your device is part of those clever improvements.

In this day and age, if you want to get rid of temporary files in Windows 10, the default settings offered by the OS are substantial enough, which can be broken down by manual and automatic methods.

How To Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10 Manually

Typically, it is a lot easier to let your OS automatically remove your temporary files; however, if you’re running into serious disk space issues, you can manually override those settings while keeping the automation on or off (it won’t matter).

In any case, to erase temporary files from Windows 10 manually, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to Storage Settings

Search for “storage settings” without the quotes in your start menu to invoke the system settings option.

searching for storage settings in windows 10
As visually demonstrated, search for storage settings.

Once you see the “storage settings” choice appear in your start menu, open it.

Step 2: Select “Temporary Files” From the Main Storage Settings Window

As soon as you navigate to the main storage settings, quickly enough, you should notice that Windows gives you a breakdown of how your disk space is being used.

There would be a line item for each type of category, while on the right side adjacent to it, Windows 10 will display the size of that category.

You should see “Temporary Files” making it to the roster from those list of line items. If by any chance you do not, click on show more categories.

Eventually, select Temporary Files.

windows 10 storage breakdown by category and size
“Select “Temporary Files” as illustrated. If, for some reason, you do not, click on show more categories.

Step 3 (Final Step): Decide Which Type of Temporary Files You Want To Delete

When you’re inside the temporary files configuration window, you will be pleased to know that Windows provides explanations of what each temporary files are, and by nature, only gives you the choices which are safe to remove (unlike those that are needed by the system).

After you’ve made up your mind on which files you want to want to wipe out (and yes, temporary internet files are part of the list), hit the “Remove files” button (screenshot to follow).

windows 10 temporary files removal settings
Choose which temporary file types you want to delete, to finally hit the “Remove files” button.

How To Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10 Automatically

Windows 10 has a pre-built technology called “Storage Sense,” which is essentially a fancy way of saying that it can handle automatic deletion of temporary files. Not only that, what differentiates the tool is that it will also account for lots of different categories such as recycle bin, documents, videos, mail, music, etc. — including temporary files.

With Storage Sense, the temporary files are only a part of the ecosystem, which for our purposes, will work as a solution.

To automatically delete temporary files in Windows 10, follow along.

Step 1: Turn On Storage Sense

Head over to the main storage settings, and literally, the first item in there would be about Storage Sense. To get started with the automation, turn the tool on (if not already).

turning storage sense to on in windows 10
As your very first step, turn on Storage Sense.

Step 2 (Final Step): Configure Storage Sense To Ensure Temporary Files Are Included in Automated Cleaning

To make adjustments to how storage sense runs, you can configure it to your liking — a little bit. (screenshot below).

configure storage sense
Configure Storage Sense to tweak the automation to your preferences.

In the storage sense configure settings, there is a heading of “Temporary files” with an associated checkbox (that can be checked on or off) that says, “Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using.”

All you have to do is make certain that the respective checkbox is ticked on to delete temporary files in Windows 10 automatically.

delete temporary files via storage sense
Delete temporary files via storage sense in Windows 10.

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Conclusion

As the name suggests, temporary files are only temporary created by necessity during processing, editing, or more of various files, tasks, and applications.

Their existence is because of how the Windows 10 OS functions rather than a choice.

Speaking of, you cannot wholly avoid temporary files; howbeit, you can delete them, manually or automatically, on a schedule.