You can use Disk Clean-up, a Windows snap-in tool, to clean up your disk space on your computer. Do you know how to open Disk Clean-up on Windows? There are multiple methods. We will show you the methods we know so far in this MiniTool post.

Disk Clean-up is a very useful tool. Do you know how to open it on your computer? In this post, we will show you some methods. You can choose a convenient method to use.

Way 1: Open Disk Clean-up via Windows Search

Windows search is a useful tool to search for files and apps on your computer, you can use it to search Disk Clean-up and open it for further use.

1. Click the Windows search icon or box to open the tool.

2. Type Disk Clean-up and select the first result.

search disk clean-up

3. The Disk Clean-up tool will open. You can expand the list for Drives and select the drive you want to clean.

select a drive to clean

4. The tool will begin to calculate how much space you can free on that drive.

disk clean-up is calculating

5. On the next page, you can see some kinds of files are selected by default. These are the files you can feel free to delete. You can also select other files according to your situation to delete.

6. Click the OK button to run Disk Clean-up Windows 10 to delete the selected files.

clean files

Way 2: Go to Disk Clean-up Using Cortana

If you are using Windows 10, you can also use Cortana to open Disk Clean-up (enable Cortana).

You can say “Hey Cortana” or click the Cortana icon on your computer, and then say “Open Disk Clean-up” to open it.

Way 3: Access Disk Clean-up Using the Start Menu

You can also use the Start menu to get to Disk Clean-up if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 10.

On Windows 10

  1. Click Start.
  2. Scroll down the Start menu until you see Windows Administrative Tools. Click it to unfold it and you can see Disk Clean-up on the drop-down list.
  3. Click Disk Clean-up to open it.

open Disk Clean-up using Start

On Windows 7

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools.
  3. Click Disk Cleanup on the drop-down menu to open it.

Way 4: Run Disk Clean-up via Control Panel

This method works on all Windows versions including Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 7.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to System and Security > Administrative Tools.
  3. The Administrative Tools folder will open. You can find the Disk Clean-up shortcut in the folder. Then, you can click it to open it.

click Disk Clean-up shortcut

Way 5: Pin Disk Clean-up Shortcut to the Taskbar

You can also directly pin the Disk Clean-up shortcut to the taskbar.

  1. Use Windows search to search for disk clean-up.
  2. Right-click the first result and select Pin to taskbar.
  3. The Disk Clean-up icon will show on the taskbar. If you want to use it, you can directly click it.

pin Disk Clean-up to the taskbar

Way 6: Pin It to the Start Menu

You can also directly pin the Disk Clean-up shortcut to the taskbar.

  1. Use Windows search to search for disk clean-up.
  2. Right-click the first result and select Pin to Start.
  3. Click Start and you can find this tool in the Start menu. You can click it to open it.

pin to Start

Way 7: Open Disk Clean-up Using Run

  1. Press Win+R to open Run.
  2. Type cleanmgr and press Enter to open the tool.

using Run

Way 8: Run Disk Clean-up Using Command Prompt or PowerShell

You can also run the cleanmgr command using Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell to open the disk clean-up tool.

  1. Open Command Prompt.
  2. Type cleanmgr and press Enter to open the tool.

open using Command Prompt

Way 9: Open Disk Clean-up Using Task Manager

You can use Task Manager to add a task like Disk Clean-up. Here are the steps:

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Click File from the top menu and then select Run new task.
  3. Type cleanmgr on the pop-up interface and press OK.
  4. Disk Clean-up will be running on your computer. Its window will not pop up. But you can find it on the taskbar. You can click it to open its interface.

open with Task Manager

Way 10: Select the Target Drive to Run Disk Clean-up

  1. Click This PC on your desktop.
  2. Right-click the drive you want to clean up and select Properties.
  3. Click the Disk Clean-up button under the General tab to open Windows 10 Disk Clean-up.

open using drive Properties

Using this method, you don’t need to select the target drive in the tool.

Way 11: Access Disk Clean-up in File Explorer

How to access Disk Clean-up on Windows 10 using File Explorer? Here is a guide:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Type cleanmgr to the address bar and press Enter.
  3. The tool will open.

open with File Explorer

Way 12: Open Disk Clean-up by Running Its Executable File

Disk Clean-up is an executable file that is called cleanmgr.exe. You can find this file in the System32 subfolder of the Windows folder. The location of cleanmgr.exe is C:\Windows\System32. When you access this folder, you need to scroll down to find the cleanmgr.exe file and click it to open Disk Clean-up.

run cleanmgr.exe

Which method do you prefer to use? Convenient is good.

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