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3 ways you can delete temporary files in Windows 10

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Temporary Files or Foo Files are automatically created by the Windows when you are running some program. These files continually save your progress if you are engaged in some heavy-duty work like editing videos or even standard Word and Powerpoint presentations. These files are small in size. However, they accumulate over time and can eat up the disk space, eventually slowing the computer.

You must regularly clean these files to maintain an optimal speed of your computer. In this article, we explain how you can delete these temporary files.

Using the Disk Cleanup utility

Disk Cleanup is useful and also one of the most accessible tools to delete the temporary files. Follow the instructions given below to remove the temporary files using this tool. Step 1: Search Disk Cleanup in the taskbar and then click on the option.

Step 2: Select the drive from which you have to delete the temp files.

Step 3: Now, select the files that you want to delete. Click on each option and below that you will get a description. In the screenshot above, I have pointed out to the temporary files. You can delete other files also.

Step 4: When you are done with the selection, click on Ok.

Repeat the same steps for the other drives as well.

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Using the Settings

This is another method by which you can delete the temp files in Windows 10. Follow the steps given below to delete the temp files using this method. Step 1: Search Settings in the taskbar.Step 2: Click on Storage option from the left menu.

Step 3: Click on Temporary Files.Step 4: From the given list of file categories and then click on Remove.

This will remove the selected files from your PC.

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Manual clearing of the temp files

If you want to clean the temporary files manually, follow the instructions given below.

Step 1: Type Windows key + R from the keyboard.Step 2: In the Run window, type %temp% and select Ok or press Enter.Step 3: Now, select all the files (Ctrl + A) and then delete the files. To delete the data, either right-click on the selected files and then click on Delete or Shift + Delete.

With these methods, you can clear the temporary files on your computer and can boost the speed.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: