In our busy lifestyles, we tend to neglect the things which others would have taken seriously, like keeping our personal space or desk clean. But while some may be able to cover this kind of laziness by doing something about it, other times, our tardiness manifest someplace else such as in our computers where a hodgepodge of files we do not need still linger.

While the issue about the clutters in our personal devices is very trivial at most, digital neat freaks may find offense in you leaving a “digital footprint.”

Luckily, the developers at Microsoft understand that not all people have the habit of deleting files even though they are no longer in use. For this, they have devised an automated solution—let Windows itself does the cleaning by configuring it to auto-delete files given certain conditions.


How to auto delete old files in Windows 10 Downloads folder

Step 1: Navigate through the Settings until coming across the Storage option (Settings > System > Storage).
Step 2: Go to the option which was labeled “Change how we free up space”.
Step 3: Toggle on the feature which says Storage Sense.
Step 4: Under the Temporary Files section, mark check on the following options:

  • Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using.
  • Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days.
  • Delete files in my Downloads folder that haven’t changed for over 30 days.

It is important to note that, despite the rather clear labels, there are still conditions that must be met in order for the algorithm to kick in. For instance, not all your files will be automatically deleted if some of them were used at any point within the 30-day timeframe.

That’s it! Delete old files automatically in a Windows 10 is fairly easy. And if you’ve followed our guide correctly, it should do the auto cleaning work from now on. As always, feel free to ask any questions if you have encountered issues following our tutorial.

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