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Tip of the Week: Delete Temporary Files in Windows

by | Sep 1, 2021 | MyTek Blog, Tip of the Week


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Do your computer files fill up too quickly? Do you get those storage full notifications on the daily? While you could go through and delete all of your unused files filling up your cloud, there is another way that can help you free up space quickly. You suddenly might have a lot more space after you delete temporary files.

Always be sure that the files you are deleting are actually temporary and that you no longer need them anymore. We definitely don’t want you to accidentally delete a very important file that you still need. You might also want to talk to your IT team before you go about deleting a bunch of files because they might be able to handle it with more expertise and care.

Delete Temporary Files Using Settings

If you head over to your Settings application, this is one of the best places to delete your temporary files. You can open settings by heading to the Start menu and clicking the gear icon, or you can use the Windows Key + I keyboard shortcut. Once you are in settings, follow these steps:

  • From the Settings window, click on System.
  • Select the Storage option in the left-hand panel.
  • Under the Windows group, select the Temporary Files option.
  • This will show you temporary files located on your computer.
  • Check the boxes for the types of files you are wanting to delete.
  • Once you are ready to delete them, click the Remove Files button.

Again, we want to emphasize that certain files might be needed by some of your applications, so you should be very careful when deciding what to delete. But many other files like Internet files, are safe bets for deletion. 

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.


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