Windows 10 Quick Tips – Storage Sense

Storage Sense

windows-disk-cleanup-hard-drive-imageOf all the ways Windows 10 has found to annoy us we must admit that it manages to do some things right. One of these might be overlooked if you are not aware of it, and that would be a feature called Storage Sense.

In the old days, if you wanted to free up disk space or defragment your hard drive, then it was a manual task which you had to remember to do on a regular basis. Not so with Storage Sense. Windows 10 will now help to keep your hard drives running smoothly and, by extension, your computer system.

If you would like to learn how to enable Storage Sense on your system, then this week’s Quick Tips article is for you.

Storage Cleanup

  1. Use the Windows Key + I hotkey to open the Settings App
  2. Choose System
  3. Choose Storage
  4. Toggle the Storage sense slider to On

That should bring you here:


Note: You may have to scroll down past the list of drives on your screen in order to see the Storage sense heading shown in the above image.

Storage Sense Settings

To see a couple more settings, click the link labeled Change how we free up space.


Toggle the above settings to On or Off as you see fit. You can also click the Clean now button to perform the cleanup immediately if you want.

That’s it! Windows should now help to keep your drive space reasonably managed from now on with no intervention from you.

Automatic HDD Defragmentation

Automatic defragmentation of your drives can be accomplished as well. Rather than reinvent the wheel, DCT has already published a Quick Tips article showing you how to do just that. You can read it here: Windows 10 Quick Tips – Scheduled Defrag

As always, if you have any helpful comments or suggestions, please share them with us,


5 thoughts on “Windows 10 Quick Tips – Storage Sense”

    1. Hi Wallace,

      What version of Windows are you currently running? Home or Pro? What version and build number?
      If you are running anything less than 1703, the Creators Update, then I suggest you update your operating system ASAP. Version 1709 will soon be banging on our door…

      That would be a reason which immediately comes to mind for not seeing these settings,

    1. Hi Colin,

      Absolutely do NOT defragment an SSD! Not only is it a total waste of time, it can actually shorten its life span.
      If you choose to Optimize an SSD using Windows, then Windows is smart enough to send a TRIM command to the drive which is the correct approach.

      “Defragged” is the past tense of “defrag”, two highly technical terms that should not be bandied about willy-nilly by neophytes in intellectual social circles 😉


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