While scanning the disk’s folders, deClutter disk finds the largest files greater than the minimum size configured. Up to 2000 of the largest files are displayed. The file name, folder and file size are displayed in a list from largest to smallest.
The list of Largest files is sortable on the File name, Folder name and file size. This is done by clicking on the column heading you want to sort.
The rows are color coded to make it easier to read across a row.
The intended use of this display is to determine the large files using the most disk space. Actions include:
- Double-clicking on a row will open the folder containing the file in Windows File Explorer and allow you to investigate.
- Deleting files. To do this, select the file rows with the mouse click, CTRL+mouse click or SHIFT+mouse click, then right click to see a popup menu of options. Select “Delete selected file(s)” to delete all the files in the rows selected. A window will display all files to be deleted, and request confirmation before deleting the selected files.
- Deleting files with the same extensions ( e.g. *.bak, *.aps, *.obj). Many applications use intermediate or temporary files (that can be huge). If you know which of these are temporary files for the applications you use, you can delete all of them that are in the Largest file list. To do this, select the file rows , right click to the popup menu of options. Select “Delete all files in list with selected file extension(s)” to delete all the files in the list that have the file extensions (e.g. *.aps and *.obj) of the files in the rows selected. A window will display all files to be deleted, and request confirmation before deleting the selected files. This function can be particularly useful for folders that contain multiple version of a project history – making them much smaller and much quicker to back up.
Note: Normal precautions care should be taken when deleting files such as ensuring you have adequate backups and don’t delete files if you don’t know what they are for.