​How to Remove Duplicate Files on Windows

Duplicate files do not only consume lot of memory which could be used for more important things but they also slow down your Windows Pc and disorganize them.

With that said, there is need to locate and delete these loads of duplicate files.

Though, duplicate files could be removed manually by locating and deleting them one after the other but that process takes time but there are easier ways to kick those files out of your Windows Pc.

One of which is, using “CCleaner” a third party software we consider easiest and very obvious one as it  basically scans your hard drive completely for unnecessary duplicated files and helps you remove them.

The CCleaner is very popular for removing junk files,  which in turn free up lots of space on your hard drive by removing unnecessary files. Download CCleaner here

But Ccleaner also comes with a built-in tool which is a “duplicate file finder” which is the main purpose of this post, see steps below.

How To Remove Duplicate Files

— Open the CCleaner and select Tools

— Select “The Duplicate Finder” (this is available on both the free and pro versions of CCleaner)

CCleaner’s default settings are sensible, and will allow you to search for duplicate files on your C: drive while ignoring system files and hidden files. You could also choose to search a specific directory by clicking the “Add” button on the Include pane and selecting that folder. Be sure to select “Include files and subfolders” option while adding a new folder to ensure CCleaner searches any folders inside the folder you specify, too.

The interface of the tool to find the duplicate files is not so fancy. It has a good feature which is, it allows you to easily have a look at the duplicate files and delete them and also save the names of the duplicate files in a text file. You can right-click a file in the list and select “Open containing folder” if you want to view the file itself on your system.

You can now right-click a file in the list and then select “Open containing folder” if you want to view the file itself on your system.

    Note: You are not advised to use any of the duplicate remover tools to remove duplicates in system folders like the Program Files folders. Many programs you use may actually need these duplicate files in different locations too for a smooth functionality.

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