How Delete Temporary Files Using File Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 11

By | December 19, 2021
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How Delete Temporary Files Using File Explorer 

This tip is for Windows 10 and Windows 11

If you’ve ever used Storage Sense (Settings) or Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files, you’ve probably noticed there are still a lot of temporary files remaining after you run the cleanup.

If you want to clean up nearly all of the temporary files on your computer,  you can do that using File Explorer.

1. Important: Save anything you’re working on and close all open programs.

2. Press Windows + R to open a Run box.

3. Type %temp% into the Run box and press “Enter”.

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4. A File Explorer window will open with a lot of temporary files and folders. Press Ctrl + A to select all the temporary files at once. When all are selected, right-click and choose “Delete”.

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IMPORTANT: If you get a warning that certain files can’t be deleted – it’s because they’re in use. If you see this warning, choose “Skip” to continue.

5. Press the Windows key + R to open another Run box. Type TEMP in the Run box and press “Enter”.

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NOTE: You may get a warning that you don’t have permission to access this folder. If you do, just click “Continue”.

6. Press CTRL+A to select all the files and folders in the directory. Once they are all selected, right-click and choose “Delete”.

Cloudeight Windows 10 and Windows 11 Tips

Again, something to remember – You may get a warning that certain files cannot be deleted. If you see this click “Skip”.

You’re almost done.

7. Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and choose “Empty Recycle Bin.”

That’s it. Now you know how to delete almost all of your temporary files using File Explorer.

You can never delete all temporary files because as long as Windows is running, temporary files are constantly being created.


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4 thoughts on “How Delete Temporary Files Using File Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 11

    1. infoave Post author

      Windows 11 is not a temporary file and this article was about deleting temporary files. The only way to go back to Windows 10 from Windows 11 is going to Settings > Windows Update > Update History > Recovery Options > Go Back. And if the Go Back button is grayed out you can’t go back to Windows 10. You can only go back to Windows 10 without losing anything if you do so within ten days of installing Windows 11.

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