Easy Methods to Delete Temporary Files in Windows 11

Just installed Windows 11 and its temporary files are taking up space on your PC? Here’s how you can easily get rid of such un-necessary files!

While using some certain programs, Windows 11 create temporary files to accommodate storage for the existing file usage and extra memory as well as provide a better and smoother experience. These temporary files store unsaved data to be used in case the program crashes.

Temporary Files

Take, for example Microsoft Word, which creates a temp file every few minutes when you are working on a document to store unsaved progress.

Although temporary files are useful while the program is in use, Windows may create hundreds of files in a day which may fill up your hard drive and slow down your computer.

In this article, we will show you how to delete temporary files in Windows 11.

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Windows 11

Method 1: Using Disk Cleanup Tool

You can use Disk Cleanup tool to delete temporary and useless files stored on a drive.

  1. Right click on Start and select Run from the menu. In the run dialog box, enter cleanmgr to launch the disk cleanup tool.
  2. Select the drive you want to remove the temporary files from and click OK.
  3. Select the types of temporary and junk files (click on the files to display information about the files) you want to delete and click Clean up system files and then click OK.

Method 2: Using Storage Sense

  1. Go to Start and select Settings.
  2. Select System on the left panel and click on Storage in the right panel.
  3. Here you can turn on Storage Sense, located under the Storage management heading to let the Windows automatically delete temporary files.
  4. On this screen you will also see how much space apps have taken and how much space is being used by temporary files.
  5. Click on Temporary files to manually remove the temporary files.
  6. Now, select the temporary files you want to delete and click Remove files to move the selected files to the recycle bin.
  7. If you want to permanently delete theses files, simply hold down the Shift key and click on Remove files.

Method 3: Using Run Command

There are other places where Windows keeps temporary files. Delete these folders too to free up space.

  1. Right click on Start and select Run. Type in %temp% and press Enter. This is where application related temporary data is stored.
  2. Select all folders located here and delete them.
  3. Open Run again, enter temp this time and click OK. The Windows temporary data is stored here.
  4. Select all files and delete them.

Final Words

It is probably better to delete temporary folders when you boot your computer, and I recommend turning on Storage Sense and configuring the settings to your liking paired with running disk cleanup and manually deleting temporary files and folder every once in a while.

I hope that you find our guide to deleting temporary files in Windows 11 useful.