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How to automatically clean the Temp folder on Windows 10

We all know that once in a week or month there is a time when you Windows gets very slow. There can be many reasons for this. But the most common known is of temporary files. The first thing that we do when your PC gets slow, is to go to the Temp folder and delete all the files. The temp folder, as the name suggests, consists of all the temporary files that we may not be needed any more. These files can build up over time and up until recently, you had to manually clean them. Some apps that save files to the Temp folder may delete the ones it saved however they’re rare.

The Temp folder can end up taking quite a bit of space but if you’re on Windows 10 1803 or Windows 10 1809, you can automatically clean the Temp folder. Yes, now you can set the windows itself to clean the folder automatically.

Follow the steps below to set the auto cleanup of Temp folder:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Click on the Storage option

3. Go to the Storage Sense and activate it.

4. Click on the "Change how we free up the space automatically".

5. Make all the changes as per your need.

On this same screen you can select how often the Recycle bin is cleaned. You can have Windows 10 clean it every day, every two weeks, every month, and every two months.

The time period after which the temporary files are deleted works follows the setting for Storage Sense. Storage sense can delete files every day, every week, every month, or when you’re low on disk space. You can choose any of these four options to run Storage Sense and select a different period for deleting files in the Recycle Bin.

It isn’t complicated to delete the contents of the Temp folder but the fact is that end users may not know about it. It can end up taking a lot of space on your system. Apps that create and store them on your system need to use these files. The files are only relevant for a short period of time and often apps will save new ones when the older ones expire.

If you have Storage Sense cleaning the Temp folder too often, it is possible that some apps start acting up. If that happens, change the period after which the Temp folder is cleaned. Two weeks is a reasonable amount of time. Most cookie files that browsers save normally expire after two weeks and the same time period should work for other apps and the temporary files they create/save.


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