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How to activate and master the automatic cleanup feature on Windows 10 May 2019

New option to help users master the settings related to automatic cleanup added in Windows 10 May 2019.

In the previous version of Windows 10, users had the opportunity to familiarize with Storage Sense, this function supports users to manage disk partitions and free up storage space automatically according to available settings. Although useful, the settings that the Sense Sense provides are quite small, so it is difficult for users to control this function whenever needed.

However, with the newly released May 2019 update for Windows 10, Microsoft redesigned and allowed users to have more setup options for Storage Sense. And all of this is arranged in Group Policy Editor. If you are interested, this article will suggest giving you some necessary settings for Storage Sense, inviting readers to refer.

1. How to enable Storage Sense in Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Enter the keyword “gpedit.msc” into the search bar and click on the result as shown.

Step 2: The Local Group Policy Editor window appears, navigate to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> System> Storage sense.

Step 3: In the list of Storage Sense settings, find and double-click the “Allow Storage Sense” option.

Setting window of the Allow Storage Sense option appears, please tick the “Enabled” and click Apply> OK to save.

Complete activating Storage Sense. In case, if you want to cancel the activation, you just need to click on Disable item to finish.

2. Enable automatic cleanup feature according to a schedule

Also in Storage Sense of Local Group Policy Editor, double click the “Configure Storage Sense cadence” option.

Check the “Enabled” item in the settings window that appears.

Then select the time for Storage Sense to start automatically through the “Run Storage Sense” section.

Finally, click Apply> OK to save.

3. Activate automatically clean up OneDrive storage data on Windows

Usually OneDrive will allow users to choose the form of storing data in the forms of offline and online or both if desired. However, if using both offline and direct options, over time the storage space that the OneDrive folder occupies will become larger and bigger. Of course with Windows 10 May 2019, there was a solution, specifically as follows:

Also in Storage Sense of the Local Group Policy Editor, double-click the “Configure Storage Sense Sense Content dehydration threshold” option.

Check the “Enabled” item in the settings window that appears.

Then select the time that allows the Sense Sense to clean up the OneDrive folder through “Numbers of day …” below.

Finally, click Apply> OK to save.

4. Enable automatic cleanup of stored data in the Downloads folder on Windows

Also in Storage Sense of Local Group Policy Editor, double click the “Configure Storage Sense Downloads cleanup threshold” option.

Check the “Enabled” item in the settings window that appears.

Then, select the time to allow Storage Sense to clean up the Downloads folder through “Minimum age …” below. Finally, click Apply> OK to save.

5. Activate automatic cleanup of Recycle Bin

Also in Storage Sense of Local Group Policy Editor, double click the “Configure Storage Sense Recycle Bin cleanup threshold” option.

Check the “Enabled” item in the settings window that appears.

Then select the time to allow Storage Sense to clean up the Recycle Bin through “Minimum age …” below. Finally, click Apply> OK to save.

It’s that simple, hopefully this article will be useful for you.