So you open up your computer and realize it’s taking slower than usual. You open up My Computer and boom, your disk space is at the red line due to God-knows-what you’re storing in your computer.
The most obvious way is to clean out all the excess. Today, we’ll be talking about 3 of the best and quickest ways to clean up your disk space and get your computer happy and fit again.
1. Clear Out Temporary Internet Files
On the outside, you might think it’s just the manually-installed software that’s causing your computer to pile up on data but then you realize that even though you remove all of them, there are still some fragments left.
The culprit? Temporary internet files.
You have two ways to do this but it’s best that you do both: Installing a cache cleaner like CCleaner and cleaning the browsing data from your preferred internet browser.
In case you need step by step instructions, Wondershare has a really good tutorial on how to delete temporary internet files.
2. Empty Your Trash Cans
Just because you deleted something from your folders doesn’t mean it’s gone completely. Just like trash in real life, you need to either let the dump truck take it or incinerate it yourself.
Cleaning up the Recycle Bin is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Go to your Desktop and double-click on Recycle Bin.
- If you want to wipe out everything in there, just click on Empty The Recycle Bin and click Ok.
- If you prefer to select just a few files to completely wipe off, hold Ctrl on your keyboard and left-click the files you want to be gone.
- Once you’re done, press Delete on our keyboard and click Yes.
This is very handy if you regret buying a 50 GB EA Game or a hundred GB worth of dead memes that’s enough to make a non-normie go REEEEE.
3. Uninstall Apps and Games You Don’t Use
Sometimes you have to let go of some programs in your computer…like Gimp or Roblox.
Apps and Games make up a lot of space accumulation and if they continue to stack up, your computer’s storage will be on the red line before you even know it.
The best way to uninstall them is through the Control Panel:
- Press the Windows/Start button on the lower left of your screen and select Control Panel.
- Click on Uninstall a program under Programs.
- From there, you’re given a list of all known installed apps and games on your computer.
- Click on the program you want out of here and choose Uninstall. Just follow the procedures and click Ok. Wait for the computer to completely wipe out the program.
- No need to go to the Recycle Bin anymore since you’ve directly erased the program already.
- If you want to sort the programs easier, either click on the Installed On or Size tab. Installed On will be based on the date you’ve installed the program whilst the Size is based on…well, size.
Those are the ideal ways to keep your computer loosey-goosey from unnecessary files. If it also helps, you should have an external hard drive too for additional storage for the files that you need.