The native Disk Cleanup utility is helpful to delete junk files from your Windows 10 PC. The Disk Cleanup utility can be used to delete temporary internet files, error reporting files, delivery optimization files, thumbnail files, temporary files, and previous Windows installation (Windows.old folder) files.
As you likely know, there are two ways to open Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 10. The first method is to use the Start menu search feature to launch the tool, and the second method is to right-click on a drive, click properties, and then click Disk Cleanup button under the General tab. While any of these methods can be used to launch Disk Cleanup, most users prefer the second method to launch the Disk Cleanup.
Disk cleanup button missing from drive properties
Many users have been reporting about the missing Disk Cleanup button from the drive properties dialog. In short, when you right-click on a drive and click properties, the Disk Cleanup button doesn’t appear under the General tab. And because of this, users need to open the Disk Cleanup utility from the Start menu.
Well, the Disk Cleanup button doesn’t show up in drive properties if you have configured Windows 10 to delete files immediately without moving them to Recycle Bin.
If you’re also experiencing the same issue, complete the given below directions to get back the Disk Cleanup button under the General tab of drive properties in Windows 10.
Step 1: Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and then click Properties.
And if there is no Recycle Bin icon on desktop, follow the directions in our how to add Recycle Bin icon to desktop guide to restore the Recycle Bin icon.
Step 2: Under the General tab of Recycle Bin Properties, select the drive for which you’re not getting Disk Cleanup under drive properties. For instance, if Disk Cleanup is missing for “C” drive, select the same.
Under Settings for selected location section, check the option labelled Custom size.
Click Apply button.
In short, as said before, if Don’t move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted is selected, the Disk Cleanup button doesn’t appear in drive properties.
Open up This PC, right-click on your system drive, and click Properties to see the Disk Cleanup button. As simple as that!
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