Storage Sense – Clean Up Windows 10 and Windows 11
There are dozens of programs that you can download to clean up your Windows computer. Windows even comes with Disk Cleanup which was supposed to be deprecated by Microsoft some time ago but wasn’t – at least not yet. Of course, then there are Privazer, BleachBit, and CleanMgr+ as well as the popular (but not popular with us), CCleaner.
Somewhere, along the way, Windows Storage Sense has been forgotten. So, we’re going to revisit Storage Sense for Windows 10 today. We’re also going to introduce you to the streamlined Storage Sense in Windows 11.
Windows 10 Storage Sense
Right-click the Start button and choose Settings. In Settings choose System > Storage.
If you have not done so already, turn on Storage Sense by sliding the switch to the “On” position.
If you want to run a quick cleanup, click “Configure Storage Sense or run it now”.
Under “Temporary Files” make sure you check the selection box next to “Delete temporary files my apps aren’t using”. And then check to make sure you have “Never” selected under “Delete files in my downloads folder if they haven’t been open for more than:”. You can easily clean up your Downloads folder manually.
Next, under “Free up space now”, click the “Clean now” button.
That’s all there to using Storage Sense to do a basic cleanup. If you’re an advanced user and like to tinker with settings, you can fine-tune Storage Sense and customize it to your liking.
Windows 11 Storage Sense
Click the Start button and choose Settings from the Start menu. Then click on System > Storage. Yep! Just like Windows 10.
When Storage opens, click on “Storage Sense”…
In the System > Storage > Storage Sense section, turn the switch to the “On” position under “Automatic user content cleanup”.
Next, scroll down and click “Run Storage Sense now”, to run Storage Sense with its default settings.
Storage Sense in Windows 11 allows users to fine tune and customize Storage Sense cleanup settings. To access these settings, go back to System > Storage > Storage Sense and click on “Cleanup recommendations”…
And Windows let you know which files are safe to clean. Since the Windows 11 computer I’m using is less than two weeks old, nothing is showing up here yet.
Now you know another way to clean up your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.