How to Use Storage Sense to Free Up Disk Space in Windows 11

By | December 26, 2021

Storage Sense in Windows 11 is a great way to manage your computer’s storage. When configured, it can automatically empty the Recycle Bin, delete temporary files and do other things to organize your storage. In this article, I will show you how to enable, configure and use Storage Sense in Windows 11 to free up disk space by automatically or manually deleting junk files. So, without wasting any time, let’s take a look at how to manage Disk Space using Storage Sense in Windows 11 Settings.

Notes: Storage Sense is also available in Windows 10. If you want to use it on your Windows 10, then you can read my article on how to free up disk space in Windows 10 with Storage Sense.

Using Storage Sense to Free Up Disk Space in Windows 11

1. Enabling Storage Sense in Windows 11

First of all, you have to enable Storage Sense on your Windows 11 computer from Windows Settings. Follow the steps given below to do so.

  • open Settings Windows by pressing the . key Win + I or open it from the Start Menu.
  • In the Settings window, make sure you are on the tab System in the left pane and click Storage in the right pane.
  • Now, activate Storage Sense to On in the right pane.

Or you can also search Storage Sense from the Start Menu and then activate the button. You may see a pop-up near the Storage settings taskbar, just click on it Enable and you will be fine.

To disable Storage Sense in your Windows 11, you just click the button again to Off. But if you want to disable Storage Sense using the Registry Editor or use the Group Policy Editor for some reason, then you can read my article on how to disable Storage Sense in Windows 10/11.

2. Configure Storage Sense

Now, let’s configure Storage Sense, change the settings and make it work the way you want. To do that, click on Storage Sense after enabling it. Now, you will see the following options.

  • Cleanup of temporary files: You can check this option if you want Storage Sense to delete temporary files.
  • Automatic User content cleanup: To run Storage Sense automatically.
  • Run Storage Sense: From here you can choose when you want to run Storage Sense. You have four options, including Every day, Every week, Every month and During low free disk space (default).
  • Delete files in my recycle bin if they have been there for over: Choose how long your bin files are stored and after that they will be deleted by Storage Sense. The options are Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days and 60 days.
  • Delete files in my Download folders if they haven’t been opened for more than: To remove redundant downloads. Where the options are Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days and 60 days.
  • Locally available cloud content: To clean unused items from your Cloud Storage. This option is available if you have connected with your Microsoft account. And the options are Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days and 60 days.

3. Run Storage Sense Manually

If you want to run Storage Sense manually, then on page System – Storage – Storage Sense, you just click the button Run Storage Sense now at the bottom of the page.

4. Cleanup Recommendations Storage Sense

While on the page System – Storage, scroll down a bit and click Cleanup Recommendations. Windows will display a list of junk files and temporary files that you can safely delete. You can check which files will be deleted by clicking See advanced options.

5. How to Delete Temporary files in Windows 11

To delete temporary files/temporary files in Windows 11, you have to follow the steps given below.

  • open Settings by pressing the button Win + I.
  • In the Settings window, select System in the left pane and click Storage in the right pane.
  • On the next page, select Temporary files.
  • Now, you can select the temporary files you want to delete with give a checklist in each option and click Remove files.

Wait a few minutes because Windows will automatically clean your system.

How to find out how big a Hard Drive is in Windows 11/10

The easiest way to find out the size of your Hard Drive is to open File Explorer and look at the numbers listed for each partition and add them up. You will find out how big your Hard Drive is.

How to open Disk Management in Windows 11/10

="text-align: justify;">There are many ways to open Disk Management in Windows 11/10.

  • From the Start Menu: Search for Disk Management from the Start Menu.
  • From Run: Press Win key + R, type diskmgmt.msc and click OK.
  • From the Quick Access menu: Press Win key + X or right click on Start Menu and select Disk Management.

Those are some of the easiest ways to open Disk Management in your Windows 11 or Windows 10.

Hopefully useful and help you! You can then read my other articles on how to clear space on the Recovery Drive in Windows 10/11 or how to clean your Windows PC using the Command Prompt.

So this article, hopefully it will be useful and help you in using Storage Sense to free up disk space on your Windows 11. Don’t forget to leave your comments below to share your thoughts and experiences in following this tutorial. Thank you and GBU. UNITED AGAINST COVID-19!!

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