How to Quickly Clean the Windows Temp Folder

By | July 4, 2024
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How to Quickly Clean the Windows Temp Folder

This tip is for Windows 10 and Windows 11

If you’ve never cleared your Windows temp folder, it probably contains dozens or even hundreds of useless files. 

Here’s a quick way to see how many files have accumulated in your Windows Temp folder

Right-click on the Start button and click “Run”.

In the Run box type %temp%

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You’ll see the contents of the Windows Temp folder,

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Temp Files - Windows 11

If you want to clean up the Temp folder, hold down the CTRL key and tap the “A” key to select all the files in the Temp folder.

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Once all the files are selected, tap the Delete key. Some of the files in the Temp folder may be in use by programs running on your computer and therefore can’t be deleted. If you see a message that a file can’t be deleted because it’s in use, just skip that file.

As you can see from the screenshots, before cleaning I had 93 files & folders in the Windows 10 Temp folder, after cleaning there were 8 files & folders. As long as Windows is running, new temp files will continue to be created so it’s unlikely you’ll ever see nothing in the Temp folder.

Windows 10 tips by Cloudeight

Will this improve your computer’s performance, probably not, although it could. Think of it as good housekeeping. There’s no sense in keeping useless files and folders, right? 

Now you know how to do a little quick computer housekeeping you may not have known before. 

3 thoughts on “How to Quickly Clean the Windows Temp Folder

  1. Linda

    Everything went well except for 13 items and said they can’t be deleted as they are being used by Microsoft Edge and I don’t use Microsoft Edge. Any ideas how to get rid of them.
    Thanks Linda

    1. infoave Post author

      As noted in the article, you’ll never get rid of every temp file (or that’s highly unlikely) because when Windows is running , temp files are constantly being created. And to run the %temp% command, Windows has to be running. So, it is very unlikely you ever have 0 temp files. 13 is better than hundreds, right?


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