Tuesday Tip: How to Find and Remove Large Files on Your PC

By Richard Stokes


I love learning new tricks and shortcuts, and this is exactly what today’s tip is all about. Do you really know – I mean, really know – what’s sitting on your hard drive that’s probably not needed and is consuming way too much space? Well, you will now.

Here’s a shortcut to help you identify the largest and most egregious files on your computer and then decide if you still really need them.

Open up a search window by pressing the Windows key and “F.”

In the window that pops up, look for the search box in the top right corner, and type size:gigantic.

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A list of files will populate that are 128MB in size or greater. If you want to view the next size criteria, type size:huge, and it will return files that range in size from 16MB to 128MB.

I was surprised to find some random video clips that I had apparently watched at some point and had, unbeknownst to me, also downloaded to my laptop. Clearly, I am quite interested in wild horses running across beaches, seals lying around, and large rodents grazing in the grass. Who knew?!

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Once you decide to delete certain files, remember that they are moved to your desktop trashcan and are still technically on your hard drive until you empty the trashcan.

Happy hunting and discovering what’s on your hard drive.


Richard Stokes: As the Director of Sales for Network 1, Richard identifies “future” clients that can benefit from the support of an experienced, outsourced IT team. He helps clients and prospects find technology solutions they need to achieve better productivity and efficiency so they can focus on making money and growing their businesses.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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