Temporary folder

Temporary folder

The temporary folder is a directory on your PC that holds temporary files. The operating system usually stores certain files temporarily and deletes them after your system boots or at regular intervals. In addition, many applications use temporary folders, especially during the initial setup.

Temporary folder: Here’s everything you need to know

How does the Temporary folder work?

Windows creates temporary files for certain tasks. These files hold certain data until the task is completed. These files are created if the task doesn’t have enough memory to use or if you’re working with large files.

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Frequently asked questions regarding the Temporary folder

How do I get to my Temporary folder?

There are two main Temporary folders on your PC. One of these is used to store temporary application data, while the other folder is used to store Windows temporary files.

The location of these folders is the following:

  • C:\Windows\Temp
  • C:\Users\your_account_name\AppData\Local\Temp

For quick access, you can use Run dialog, like this:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the run dialog.
  2. Now type the following depending on which Temporary folder you want to access and press Enter:
    • temp – Use this to access Windows temporary folder
      temporary folder run dialog
    • %temp% – Use this to access AppData temporary folder
      run window temporary folder

Can you delete everything in your Temp folder?

Yes, it’s perfectly safe to delete the contents of the Temp folder. These files are temporary, and once your PC is done with them, it’s safe to remove them.


Does deleting Temp files speed up computer?

Yes, deleting temporary files from the Temp folder will speed up your PC and free up precious storage space. Bear in mind that improvement in performance won’t be drastic, but you should see some improvement.


Are temporary files important?

Temporary files are important since they are used by applications that work with large files in order to save data. In addition, temporary files can also contain backups of the files that you’re currently working on.

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