Time to Delete Those 100s of Useless Temporary Files
Delete Dem Temp Files
As you use your computer and save and delete files, you are creating hundreds if not thousands of temporary files. These are simply not needed but reside on your hard drive and can, in fact, have an effect on your computer seed and stability.
If you spend any time researching how to free up space on a Windows PC, one piece of advice you’ll see again and again is to delete temporary files. That sounds very sensible. But what are temporary files? Where are they stored? And if they’re temporary, why are they still on your hard drive taking up space? Get answers to all of these questions, and find out how to get rid of temporary files quickly and easily.
What are temporary files?
Temporary files are exactly what they sound like — files created by Windows system that are deleted when no longer necessary. Microsoft lists a number of circumstances in which temporary files are created:
1. When you use an application like Word or Excel that allows you to undo edits you’ve made, Windows creates a temporary file to hold data on the changes you make.
2. When applications need more memory than is available in physical RAM, Windows uses virtual RAM and creates temporary files that are created to hold the data.
3. When you print a document, Windows first spools the print job to a temporary file before it’s sent to the printer.
4. Temporary files are also created by web browsers in order to caches web page and store your web browser history.
In all cases, temporary files are created and should then be deleted once the operating system no longer needs them. If not removed, they can pile up and take up a substantial amount of disk space.
Where are temporary files stored?
Temporary files are stored in a number of different places, depending on what has created them. Those created by the system are stored in C:\Windows\Temp However, temporary files are also created by applications and those are stored in your user folder in the application’s App Data directory. And web browsers store their temporary files in their own cache folders. For example, Internet Explorer stores its temporary files in a folder called Temporary Internet Files folder. The location of that directory varies depending on which version of Windows you’re using.
Why should I remove temporary files?
Temporary files and the clue is in the name, are not intended to live permanently on your hard drive and under normal circumstances will be deleted when they’re no longer needed. The fact that they’re still there usually means that a Windows session has ended abruptly or that something has gone wrong.
Temporary files shouldn’t do any harm, however, they will take up space and over time can grow quite large and take up quite a bit of space. So it’s good practice to give your PC a spring clean once in a while and get rid of them.
How to delete temporary files in Windows?
Very simple, just open file explorer and then type %tmp% in the search, whatever shows up, just select everything and choose to delete it. Windows will not allow you to delete items that are essential, so your safe.
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