How To Get Rid Of Temporary Files
When you are doing tasks on your computer, like writing documents, preparing spreadsheets, or even just downloading music, photos and browsing the web, every text you write is auto saved on temporary files. When you browse the Internet, you may see all those cookies on the drop down menu so that you do not have to type links, e-mail addresses and passwords every time you go online. When you are writing a text document and your computer suddenly freezes, you can recover what you have been writing because of the temporary file that has been created without saving. If you do not really care about temporary files, then you may think that they are just irrelevant, since they are only temporary. But actually, these temporary files can be a bid annoying at times.
The temporary files stored on your computer, while helpful, takes up some space on your hard disk. Even though its size is almost immaterial, when you combine many temporary files all together, you will find out that they are using a significant space on your hard disk. SO if you are one who loads up your computer with many files, you might encounter more temporary files that can cause lags on your computer. TO keep your computer functioning well, and to have more space for more important files, you should clean up those temporary files every now and then. Here are some things that you can do to get rid of temporary files.
Locate the temporary files
Removing these temporary files manually is actually quite easy and it only takes a few minutes. First, you should locate the temporary files folder. Of course, how can you delete the files if you do not know where to delete them from right? To see the temporary files, simply click on the Start Menu and then clock Run. Once the dialogue box appears, type in the characters “% Temp%” and then hit OK. When you have successfully entered this, a folder and list of temporary files will be shown.
Take note that the lists that will appear in this folder are already obsolete and unusable so you can delete them without worrying about losing anything.
Delete the temporary files
After you have located the temporary files folder, then you can now delete those which have to be deleted. Simply click on a file and hit Delete or go to File on the menu bar then click Delete, then confirm by clicking yes. If you want to delete many items all at once, simply hold down the Ctrl key and click on the files. Or, if you want to delete everything, simply go to Edit on the menu bar and click Select All. Once you have chosen everything you want to delete, hit the delete key then confirm it.
Empty the Recycle Bin
When you have finished deleting the temporary files that you want to get rid of from the Temp folder, close the window and go to your Recycle Bin. Simply go back to the Start Menu, open the Computer window then look for the Recycle Bin on the drop down menu. All the temporary files that you have deleted will most likely appear here. TO remove them permanently, simply press down Ctrl+A key then press on the Delete button on the keyboard. Click yes and the temporary files are gone for good.