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How to Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10


If you have storage sense turned on in Storage settings, Windows can automatically free up space by getting rid of files you don't need, like temporary files and stuff in your recycle bin. Or, you can delete them manually.

Starting in Windows 10 build 17063, Microsoft has added a top level link to Storage Settings to “free up space” now, so you can get at it faster if you need it, rather than having to open Storage Sense first.

This tutorial will show you how to free up space now for disks with storage sense in Windows 10.


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Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10
To Free Up Space Now in Storage Sense


This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17063.

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Free up space now link under Storage sense on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Check the items you want to permanently remove to free up disk space, and click/tap on the Remove files button when ready. (see screenshots below)

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Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10
To Free Up Space Now in Local Storage

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on your Windows This PC C: drive under Local storage on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Temporary files. (see screenshot below)

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4. Check the items you want to permanently remove to free up disk space, and click/tap on the Remove files button when ready. (see screenshots below)

It may take a moment for items to populate to select to remove.

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Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Free Up Disk Space Now with Storage Sense in Windows 10
To Free Up Space Now using Storage Sense Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Change how we free up space automatically link under Storage sense on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Scroll down to the Free up space now section, check or uncheck any listed items (if available) you want, and click/tap on the Clean now button. (see screenshot below)

This will clean up files using the settings you have set on this Change how we free up space automatically page.

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4. Your files will not be cleaned up. You can close Settings afterwards if you like. (see screenshots below)

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That's it,
Shawn