Using a built-in feature called Storage Sense, you can save disk space by configuring Windows 10 to delete files of a certain age that are in your Recycle Bin automatically every day, week, or month. Here’s how to set it.
First, launch “Settings” by opening the “Start Menu” and clicking on the “gear” icon on the left. You can also press Windows + I to open Settings quickly. In Settings, click the “System” icon and then click “Storage.”
Click Storage in Windows 10 Settings
At the top of the Storage option, you will see a small paragraph of text about Storage Sense. Click the slide switch located directly below to set it to the “On” position. Then below that, click “Configure Storage Sense or run now.”
Click the switch to activate Storage Sense in Windows 10 Settings
In the “Storage Sense” option, you want to note a number of different settings. The first is the frequency when Storage Sense is running, which is set with a drop-down menu labeled “Run Storage Sense.” You can set it to run every day, week or month – or whenever disk space is low. Click the menu, and choose the option that suits you best.
Since we’re only talking about deleting files in the Recycle Bin, uncheck the box next to “Delete temporary files that my application doesn’t use” if you don’t want Storage Sense to delete old temporary files. Also, if necessary, set the “Delete files in my Downloads” option to “Don’t” using the drop-down menu.
In between, you’ll find a drop-down menu labeled “Delete files in my Recycle Bin if it’s already there,” and the options are “Never,” “1 day,” “14 days,” 30 days, “or” 60 day. ”
Here’s how it works: each time the Storage Sense is run (according to previous settings), it will automatically delete files that have been stored in your Recycle Bin for longer than that time period. Using the menu, set whichever option you like.
Set the interval for deleting the Recycle Bin file in Windows 10 Settings
After that, you are free to close Settings.
If you ever change your mind about the frequency of emptying the Recycle Bin (or want to deactivate it), revisit Settings> Storage again and set Storage Sense to “Off.” Or, you can change the interval options again to suit your needs.