how to delete temporary files windows

 In the Windows operating system, temporary files are created both by the OS itself and many of the applications running on your computer.


Many of Windows’ temporary files are denoted with a file type of .tmp or are prefaced with a tilde (~). Most of the temporary files that are created end up in the Windows Temp folder.


They are used for a variety of reasons including:

  • Operating system requirements such as providing space for virtual memory.
  • Work files for applications that hold data while the program is running.
  • Files created as backups for works in progress such as Microsoft office creates for open documents.

Clear Temporary Files on Windows 10

Programs often store temporary files on your hard drive. Over time, these files can start to take up a lot of space. If you are running low on hard drive space, clearing temporary files is a good way to reclaim additional disk storage space.

  • Press the Windows Button + R to open the "Run" dialog box.

  • Enter this text: 
  • %temp%

  • Click "OK." This will open your temp folder.


  • Press Ctrl + A to select all. 
  • Press "Delete" on your keyboard and click "Yes" to confirm.

  • All temporary files will now be deleted.
  • Note: Some files may not be able to be deleted. If you are prompted about files that are missing or in use, click the check box next to "Do this for all current items" and click "Skip."


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