Automatically Delete Trash & Temporary Files on Ubuntu 17.10

Regularly deleting trash and removing unwanted temporary files from your 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 clearing out the trash and temporary Internet files.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to configure Ubuntu 17.10 to automatically clear out the trash and temporary files, including Internet files. These files are created automatically by applications in the background. these temporary files are then used by applications to improve performance by using the downloaded data.

However, these downloaded files can also create problems if not regularly removed.

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

First, click the system menu from the top right corner and select System Settings as shown below

ubuntu dash dock

Then select Privacy from the item list on the left. On the Privacy pane, click Purge Trash & Temporary Files

ubuntu temporary files

When the window opens, set one or both of the Automatically empty Trash or Automatically purge Temporary Files switches to ON. Set how often you would like your Trash and Temporary Files to be purged by changing the Purge After value.

ubuntu empty trash

To empty the trash or purge temporary files immediately, click the buttons to perform these actions. 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.

This is how one set up Ubuntu to automatically empty the trash and purge temporary files from his/her desktop.

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  1. I am using Linux Ubuntu 18 Version. From past few days, i am facing a small problem. My problem is browser speeding. Search results appear slowly it takes more than 10 secs. I am a blogger. Need a quick search result does any other version will support me to get fast access.

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