How to Delete Temporary Files Using File Explorer
If you’ve ever used Storage Sense (Settings) or Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files, you’ve probably noticed there are still many temporary files remaining after the cleanup
If you want to clean nearly all your temporary files, try 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”.
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”.
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, just choose “Skip” to continue.
5. Press the Windows key + R to open another Run box. Type TEMP in the Run box and press “Enter”.
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”.
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.