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How to use Storage Sense in Windows 11 to free up disk space

Storage Sense in Windows 11 is a great way to manage your computer’s storage. When configured, it can automatically empty the Recycle Bin, delete temporary files, and do other things to organize your storage. In this post, we show you how to turn on, configure and use Storage Sense in Windows 11 to free up disk space by deleting junk files automatically or manually. So, without wasting any time, let us see how to manage Disk Space using Storage Sense in Windows 11 Settings.

Use Storage Sense in Windows 11 to free up disk space

Enable Storage Sense on your Windows 11

First of all, you have to enable Storage Sense on your Windows 11 computer from the Settings app. Follow the given steps to do the same.

  1. Open Settings by Win + I or from the Start Menu.
  2. Make sure that you are on the System tab and click Storage.
  3. Now, use the toggle to enable Storage Sense.

Alternatively, you can also search out “Storage Sense” from the Start Menu and then enable the toggle.

Either way, you will see a pop-up near the taskbar of Storage settings, just click Enable and you will be good to go.

Configure Storage Sense

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Now, let us configure Storage Sense, change its settings and make it work the way you want. To do that, click on Storage Sense after enabling the same. Now, you will see the following options.

  • Cleanup of temporary files: You can enable this toggle if you want Storage Sense to delete temporary files.
  • Automatic User content cleanup: To run Storage Sense automatically.
  • Run Storage Sense: From here you can select when you want to run Storage Sense. The options are:
    • Every day
    • Every week
    • Every month
    • During low free disk space (default)
  • Delete files in my recycle bin if they have been there for over: Select the lifespan of your bin files, after which they ought to be deleted by Storage Sense. The options are:
    • Never
    • 1 day
    • 14 days
    • 30 days
    • 60 days.
  • Delete files in my Download folders if they haven’t been opened for more than: To delete redundant downloads. The options are:
    • Never
    • 1 day
    • 14 days
    • 30 days
    • 60 days.
  • Locally available cloud content: To clean up unused items from your Cloud Storage. The options are:
    • Never
    • 1 day
    • 14 days
    • 30 days
    • 60 days.

Run Storage Sense manually

If you want to run the Storage Sense manually, just click on the Run Storage Sense now button.

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Storage Sense Cleanup Recommendations

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When on the Storage page, scroll down a bit and click on Cleanup Recommendations. Windows will show you a list of junk and temporary files that you can safely delete.

How to remove Temporary files in Windows 11

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To remove Temporary files in Windows 11, you have to follow the given steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to System > Storage  > Temporary files.
  3. Now, you can select the Temporary files that you want to delete and click Remove files.

Wait for a few minutes as Windows will automatically clean up your system.

How do I find out how big my Hard Drive is in Windows 11/10?

what is hard drive size

The easiest way to find the size of your Hard Drive is to open File Explorer, and see the figures mentioned for each of the partitions and add them. You will get to know how big your Hard Drive is.

How do I open Disk Management in Windows 11/10?

There are many ways by which you can open Disk Management in Windows 11/10. They are.

  1. From Start Menu: Search “Disk Management” from the Start Menu.
  2. From Run: Open Run by Win + R, type “diskmgmt.msc”, and click Ok.
  3. From Quick Access Menu: Hit Win + X or right-click on the Start Menu, and click Disk Management.

These were some of the easiest ways to open Disk Management in Windows 11/10.

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How do you find Storage Sense, as compared to the Disk Cleanup Utility or third-party software to clear up junk files? Let us know in the comments.

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