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How to Enable and Configure Windows 10 Storage Sense

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Automatically delete temporary system and application files using Windows 10 Storage Sense. Let’s review how to enable and configure this new feature of Windows.

Windows 10 has a bad habit of keeping old temporary files lying around which don’t do anything other than take up hard drive space. A new feature in Windows 10 called Storage Sense helps solve this issue by automatically deleting temporary files and content from your recycle bin. It’s not enabled by default so let’s jump in and review hot to enable and configure it to keep your hard drive nice and clean.

How to enable Storage Sense on Windows 10

Start off by going to Settings > System > Storage, or use Windows keyboard shortcut Windows key+Q and type: storage. The Storage Sense option is hard to miss, just flip the toggle switch to enable it.

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To customize Storage Sense, just click the text Change how we free up space.

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In most cases, the default settings are perfect, however, if you have a bad habit of never deleting files in your Downloads Folder (like me), you might tick that box to have Windows automatically delete the files in your downloads folder if they haven’t been changed for 30 days. For most of us, downloads are kept for a reason so it’s no wonder this isn’t set by default.

That said, if you prefer to no wait for the entire 30 days, just click the Clean Now button to have windows clean free up space using the settings you’ve configured on the page.

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The Windows 10 OS continues to get stronger and stronger with each Windows Update. The Windows 10 Storage Sense feature is a good example of this. Previously, disk cleanup was fairly manual, however, for me, it’s hard to beat automatic – just set it and forget it.

If you’ve cleaned up your drive and still need more room, consider clearing your browser cache or using another tool like CCleaner to free up temporary files from other applications installed on your system.


3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Jamies  

    Remove stuff from the recycle bin
    what – the subfolder(s) I deleted when File manager moved the folder entries as I believed was selecting a block of unwanted files.
    Bad enough that file manager alters the viewed list of files as I am working – and does not show the total volume selected if I selected more than 99 files.
    And that the Recycle bin empty facility does not show me the volume of files I will be getting rid of – well – not until I have confirmed delete
    To address that I have to view the recycle bin content, sort by partition (well folder/full filename) and then go look at the $Recycle.bin using Treesize in order to be sure that the volume of files to be lost forever is appropriate to the work I have done – as it matches my expectations.
    That being compounded by the occasional misrepresentation when the Recycle bin does not show all the entries it has awaiting erasure – as in the 20GB of backups that Treesize showed me and allowed me to recover.

    And – now I should trust Microsoft software to get rid of the recycle bin content as a background task

    Could someone explain to me what, actually, is the purpose of the Recycle bin.

    I thought it was to allow me to check if I had inadvertently selected some files for deletion that I did NOT want to have deleted!

    Now – Delete temporary files that are not being used –
    YES – how about including a selection option for files that were created by Windows and Windows Update that are not being used!
    Files such as those associated with Windows Update that predate the required win-10 update, that I had to install or have my the update facility cause my system to stop working unless I had them installed (as in those issued more than 35 days ago) –
    Now that could be very useful!

  2. Not sure if deleting downloaded files is a smart move. It’s easy to forget a downloaded document in the downloads folder and have it deleted automatically.

  3. John H  

    All very well but – my storage sense button no longer works – when I click it ,it just stays off. I have limited storage (30Gbs) so really need this feature to stay alive. Any ideas how to bring this feature back without doing a complete recovery op?

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