How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows

One really easy way to free up some disk space in Windows is to delete temporary files, sometimes referred to as temp files. Temp files are exactly what they probably sound like: files that your operating system only needed to exist temporarily while in use, but are now just wasting space.

How to Delete Temporary Files in Windows
Most temporary files are stored in what's the called the Windows Temp folder, the location of which differs from computer to computer, and even user to user. The steps for that are below.

Manually cleaning out the Temp folder in Windows usually takes less than a minute but it could take longer depending on how large the collection of temporary files is.

Follow these simple steps to delete your temporary Windows files:
    • Windows 10: Click or tap in the Cortana search box just to the right of the Start button on the taskbar
    • Windows 8.1: Right-click or tap-and-hold on the Start button and then choose Run.
    • Windows 8.0: The easiest way to access Run is from the Apps screen. In earlier versions of Windows, click on Start to bring up the search box or find Run.
    • Another way to open the Run dialog box is to enter the Windows Key + Rkeyboard shortcut.
    • In the Run window or search box, type the following command exactly:

    %temp% & temp
    %t

    • This command, which is technically one of many environment variables in Windows, will open the folder that Windows has designated as your Tempfolder, probably C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp.
    • Select all of the files and folders within the Temp folder that you want to delete. Unless you have a reason to otherwise, select them all.
    • Delete all the temporary files and folders you have selected, either using the Delete key on your keyboard or the Delete button from the Home menu.
    Well Done!

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