If you need to free up some disk space on your PC? Windows 10 provides a full pledged screen where you can do just that. Here you can see how much space has been used on your drive, and by what stuff. You can also utilize Storage Sense, which will spontaneously remove temporary files, Recycle Bin items, and other things you don't need.
With the Windows 10 Update, the Storage screen has been reshaped so you can more easily view your storage and access the available tools to avail space. Check if the update is available by going to Settings > System > About. If the Windows version says 1903, you're all set. If not, go to the Update & security category in Settings, where you can install the updates.
Go to Settings > System > Storage to view the total space available in your hard disk, how much space has been used, and how much free space is available. With update, Windows displays the Storage Sense tool at the top of the page. Turn this feature on to spontaneously remove temporary files and other items you no longer need.
To see Microsoft web pages with information about disk management and low disk space, click the numerous links on the right side of the Storage settings screen.
If you want better configure the Storage Sense feature, click the "Configure Storage Sense or run it now" link. You can determine how often the tool will run and when temporary files and downloads can be spontaneously deleted. Open the Run Storage Sense drop-down menu to decide how repeatedly the feature should run–Every day, Every week, Every month, or During low free disk space.
Beneath the Temporary Files header, you can check the box next to "Delete temporary files that my applications aren't using" to automatically remove undesired temporary files on a regular basis. If you want to spontaneously get rid of files in the Recycle Bin, click the drop-down box and select a length of time—1 day, 14 days, 30 days. If you don't want to remove files from the Recycle Bin, select Never.
You can also pick to remove files in your Downloads folder if they have been there a definite amount of time. Click the drop-down box, and choose 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days. To leave those files unremoved, select Never.
Storage Sense must be switched on in order to your scheduled maintenance to happen. However, if you're running low on space, you can take action immediately. Click the button to Clean now. Windows will scan the various temporary files and other content that can be removed. After the work is done, Windows tells you how much space has been emptied.
If you elect not to spontaneous the process, Windows still gives you enough information to make decisions on your own. Since Windows separates your data into different categories on the Storage settings screen, it makes things easy when you're trying to figure out what is chewing up your hard drive's storage. Here, you can try to free up space by deciding which types of files to remove.
For instance, if you operate OneDrive to store and sync your files, click the icon for OneDrive and then click the button to View OneDrive. This will grant you access to all your OneDrive files and give you a chance to review everything and delete what you don't need.
You can do the same with the programs downloaded to your computer. At the Storage settings screen, click Apps & Features to see a list of installed apps you can review and uninstall if you no longer need them. Here, you can sort the list by name, date, or size. To remove an app, click on it and select the Uninstall button.
If you store photos on your PC, there is a Picture icon on the Storage settings screen. Click on that and select the View Pictures button to go to the default Pictures location where you can search out images to delete.
Another bracket you would want to examine is Temporary files. Windows has a bad mode of piling up temporary installation files, temporary internet files, and other items that you usually don't need. To examine these, click "Temporary Files" on the Storage settings screen.
Windows tables different sorts of files you can eliminate, including Recycle Bin files, Windows Update Cleanup files, upgrade log files, device driver packages, temporary internet files, and temporary files.
Windows automatically adds a check mark to any content sorts it believes you can safely eliminate without hindering your system, while some sorts of content are unchecked by default.
For instance, the Recycle Bin may be unchecked so you can restore any eliminated files you still need, while your Downloads folder is also unchecked based on the expectation you might still use files stored there.
Review the checked and unchecked brackets to make any changes. Then, click the Remove files key to eliminate all the checked content.
Windows 10 also permits you to check the available space on any USB-connected storage device. With the external drive pushed in, roll down to "More storage settings" and click the "View storage usage on other drives" link. Windows prompts both for your main drive and the external drive. Click the external drive, and you can now see data usage by category and remove files from it.
Another trick Windows 10 offers if your PC rooms more than one disk drive. At the bottom of the main Storage settings screen, click on Change where new content is stored. You can now change the location from one drive to another for apps, documents, music, photos and videos, movies and TV shows, and offline maps.
Click the drop-down menu for an item, change the listing to a different drive, and then click Apply. You can pick another fixed hard drive or an external drive. A second fixed hard drive is the glossy option since it is always available on your computer. If you pick a removable drive, you’ll have to remember to connect it when you want to access any files kept in it.
Here's one more trick, Windows 10 offers if your PC is home to more than one disk drive. Click on the link to Change where new content is stored.
You can now change the location for apps, documents, music, photos and videos, movies and TV shows, and offline maps. You can pick another fixed hard drive or an external drive.