Auto Delete Trash and Temp files on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to set Windows 11 up to automatically delete trash and temporary files to improve Windows 11 performance.

Regularly deleting trash and removing unwanted temporary files from your Windows 11 computer helps improve its performance and can also free up more space on your hard drive.

Although it can be done manually, it’s better to just set it and forget it so that you don’t have to keep being reminded of emptying the recycle bin and temporary Internet files.

You can configure your Windows 11 computers to automatically clear out the recycle bin, downloaded folders and temporary files, including Internet files. These files are created automatically by applications in the background and are used by these applications to improve performance by using the downloaded data.

Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To automatically empty the recycle bin and clear temporary files, follow the steps below

First, click the Start button and select Settings as shown in the image below.

On the Settings pane on the left, click on Storage as shown in the image below.

Under Storage management, turn on Storage sense by moving the button to On. Doing this will automatically free up space by getting rid of files you don’t need, like temporary files and content in your recycle bin.

To immediately clear out temporary files and empty your recycle bin, click Temporary files, then click Remove files.

You can also immediately delete a file permanently, without having to send it to the trash first. To permanently delete a file:
Select the item you want to delete.
Press and hold the Shift key, then press the Delete key on your keyboard. Because you cannot undo this, you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the file or folder.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to configure Windows 11 to automatically delete temporary files and trash content. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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