Do you want to search for all large files quickly to clean up storage space? Before reading this article, I’m sure you might have used some third-party apps to scan for large files on your Windows PC and delete or move them to an external hard drive.
I have used TuneUp Utilities for years to search for large files on my Windows PC and delete or move them to my external hard drive to have more storage space. It’s a handy application that comes with many helpful features. In case you have the budget to spend, it costs you around $50 for a license.
Back to the main point, if you just need to search for large files, then using the File Explorer in Windows 10 would be fine. With the built-in search function in File Explorer, you can quickly find large files on your computer and then delete or move them as you want.
How To Find Large Files Using File Explorer In Windows 10
In this article, I’m going to share with you the simplest way to search for large files in Windows 10, using the File Explorer.
The Windows 10 File Explorer’s search is quite helpful. It has some advanced filters that will assist you in quickly finding out all the files that you are looking for. The best part is that you don’t actually need to remember search syntaxes like in Windows 7 or Windows 8. These filters are now available to select within the File Explorer’s menu.
How To Use File Explorer To Search For Large Files In Windows 10
To start searching for files you want, press Windows + E to open the File Explorer.
Next, open the drive where you want to find large files. You can narrow the scope by selecting a folder instead of a drive.
In the next step, click on the text field of the Search bar to bring up the Search menu and its filters.
If the menu and its filters don’t appear, you can press Ctrl + F1 or click on the following icon to show them.
From the size filter, you can select one of them to search for files with the range of size you have chosen.
- Empty (0KB)
- Tiny (0 – 10B)
- Small (10 – 100KB)
- Medium (100KB – 1MB)
- Large (1 – 16MB)
- Huge (16- 128MB)
- Gigantic (>128MB)
For example, if you choose the “Gigantic (>128 MB)” option, then your File Explorer will automatically find all files larger than 128MB in size.
Also Read: Methods To Remove Temporary Files In Windows 10.
You can adjust the search filter as well to find larger files, such as 500MB or 1GB. All you need to do is to use the following syntax:
Furthermore, if you want to search for large files that are larger than 500MB but less than 2GB, simply use:
Of course! You can change these values to the ones you want. You don’t have to follow the fixed values that I mentioned above. It’s flexible!
After you’ve found any large files that are occupying your storage space, you can delete them if they aren’t important. Or you can move them to an external hard drive or cloud storage service to save them.