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Windows: how to find and remove duplicate files on your computer?

If you want to prevent your PC storage from getting cluttered with unnecessary items, this method will help you get rid of repeated files.

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You can easily save disk space and improve system performance. Photo: Simonkolton

Do a cleanup on your computer. Given the wide variety of files that we store on our computer every day, it is likely that at any moment we end up saving the same item inadvertently, causing the internal memory to run out with repetitive content.

If you don’t want that to happen to you, we show you an efficient way to scan your entire PC and thus easily detect images, videos, audios, documents, and any other type of file that has been duplicated.

How to get rid of duplicate files in Windows?

For this purpose, there is a free tool called Duplicates Cleaner, which is available for download through the Microsoft Store. With a simple and easy-to-use interface, this application automatically scans your PC’s storage for duplicate items.

Once you have it installed, enter it and select what type of file you want to detect: imagesvideoaudio, or documents. Doing so will automatically open Windows File Explorer to specify which folder you want to scan.

Depending on the number of items available, the process could take seconds or minutes. At the end of the analysis, the program will show a list with the duplicate files, which will include name, date and time of creation, size, and location path.

Now that you have identified the repeating elements, the next step is to remove them. The application itself offers you the option to delete them with a single click, as well as to choose whether you want to move them to the recycle bin or discard them permanently without leaving a trace.

If you do not want to carry out this procedure through Duplicates Cleaner, you can search the contents of your PC storage and delete them directly from there.

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