Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

Windows has a built-in tool to facilitate cleaning out the drives. It can reduce several unnecessary files such as temporary files or system files. It can empty the Recycle Bin or remove other items that you might not need. If you clean up updates then it also helps reduce the size of the component store. The possibility to clean up system files might be a feature you haven’t used before. Removing large update files can recover lots of disk space. Who doesn’t want extra disk space? You can actually use the disk space you’ve payed for instead of having it hijacked by your operating system. Free disk space is also necessary for the operating system to run smoothly. So you shouldn’t fill the hard drive completely anyway. Again we lose out on the space we payed for. Here’s how to use the built-in Disk Cleanup tool.

Disk Cleanup

Press the Windows key to open the start menu. Type “cleanmgr”. Click on “cleanmgr” and Disk Cleanup will open.

cleanmgr

Select the drive you wish to clean. Usually Windows is installed on the C: drive. Select it and click the OK button.

Drive Selection

Disk Cleanup will open with the options for drive C:. Click the Clean up system files button. The shield on the button means that you’ll need administrator privileges to run this feature. You may get prompted for the password to grant permission.

Disk Cleanup C

Once again, select the drive you wish to clean. We still want to clean the C: drive. Select it and click the OK button.

Drive Selection

Now there are more options in the “Files to delete:” list. Select everything, unless you have a good reason not to. Selecting the type of file will display a description below it. This can help you decide what to keep or remove. I never have a reason to keep any of the files so I always select everything. Then click the OK button at the bottom.

Disk Cleanup C System

Disk Cleanup will ask for confirmation. Click the Delete Files button to confirm. Disk Cleanup will start the cleaning process. If you haven’t run it before or it has been a while since it ran last, this could take a moment to complete.

Confirmation

Once the cleaning process is complete, the program will automatically close. All done.

Always Show Scrollbars In Windows 10

Windows 10 hides the scrollbars by default. If you think this is annoying because it always takes extra time before you can slide a scrollbar, this guide describes how to change the settings to always show the scrollbars.

Click the “Start” button on the taskbar or press the “Windows” key on the keyboard. Click on the gear icon to open the Settings window.

Start

In the Settings window, click on the “Ease of Access” button.

Ease of Access

The Display section should already be shown. If it doesn’t, click on “Display” in the left column. In the right column, under the header “Simplify and personalize Windows”, there is the option “Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows”. Click on the slider to turn the option on or off. To stop the scrollbars from hiding, set the slider to “Off”.

Simplify and personalize