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Delete Temporary Files Template

The Delete Temporary Files Template enables you to delete old system and user temporary files on any Windows machine. This template is typically used by systems administrators maintain maximum free disk space by cleaning up old temporary files no longer needed.

The Delete Temporary Files Template uses WMI to query the list of temporary directories then Windows Shares to delete files.

How to configure the Delete Temporary Files Template:

  • From the Menu Bar, select File | New. The Create New Object View displays.
  • From the Create New Object View, expand Templates | File and Directory Monitors then select Delete Temporary Files. The New Template Properties View displays.
  • The Template Properties view contains 4 tabs.

The Options Tab

  • Use the Delete temporary system files check box to enable the deletion of Windows system temporary files.
    This template automatically deletes files in all configured system temporary directories.
  • Use the Delete temporary user files check box to enable the deletion of all Windows user account temporary files.
    This template automatically deletes files in all configured user temporary directories.
  • Use the Delete files older than controls to set the minimum time a file must age before it is deleted.
    Files in use are silently ignored.
  • Finally, select the General Tab, then click the click the Auto-Generate Name button to auto-generate a name based on the configured settings.
Delete Temporary Files Properties

How to view temporary files on-demand:

  • From the Explorer View, expand the root Hosts node then navigate through the tree to find the target host to review then expand.
  • Find the Delete Temporary Files template then right click and select Explore. The Monitor Detail View displays.
  • From the Monitor Detail View, select the File Explorer tab. Once displayed, the view automatically scans all the temporary directories then displays the interactive temporary file report.
  • To manually delete a file, right click on the file then select Delete.
  • To manually delete a directory, right click on the directory then select Delete.
    The directory must be empty to delete.

How to view the historical chart of deleted files:

  • From the Explorer View, expand the root Hosts node then navigate through the tree to find the target host to review then expand.
  • Find the Delete Temporary Files template then right click and select Explore. The Monitor Detail View displays.
  • From the Monitor Detail View, select the Historical Chart tab. Once displayed, the view automatically displays two charts that include the total number of files deleted over time and the total size of the files deleted over time.

Related Topics

General Tab

Actions Tab

File and Directory Monitor Templates