How to free up disk space via Settings in Windows 10 Creators Update

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If you want to free up disk space in Windows 10, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool, or a third-party program like CCleaner.

However, the Windows 10 Creators Update offers a third choice, which is to go through the Settings app. You can free up space, and also have the operating system automatically remove junk for you.

SEE ALSO: Free up over 20GB of hard drive space in Windows 10 by cleaning up after the Creators Update

To begin, open Settings, and select System. Click on Storage.

Click a drive (if you have more than one) and it will provide a breakdown of storage usage. You can then drill down further by clicking any of the folders.


Select something like Temporary files and you’ll be able to remove any junk by clicking the Remove files button. The list of options varies depending on what junk is on your system. You may be able to select:

  1. Temporary Files
  2. Downloads Folder
  3. Empty Recycle Bin
  4. Previous version of Windows

Windows 10 also comes with a 'Storage sense' feature which will automatically free up space by getting rid of files you don’t need, such as temporary files and content in your recycle bin. To use this, flick the toggle to On.

You can choose what to target by clicking on Change how we free up space. The page that opens will also let you remove junk. Just click the Clean now button under Free up space now.

Change how free space

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