How to Find Large Files in Windows 10

Sometimes we don’t remember downloading any content or files on the internet, until one day the file is not used and becomes trash. If the file has a small size, maybe that’s understandable, but if it’s large, it will definitely have an impact on storage.

So when your hard drive is indicated to be full by the system, the problem could be that you have saved a large file that is now unused and worst of all, forgot to delete it. There must be no other way except search files and delete it immediately.

But looking for files one by one will be very difficult if done manually. Therefore, this article will explain the procedure for finding large files easily and easily without additional software assistance.

Searching for Large Files on Windows 10

Only with the help of Windows Explorer you can search for all large files. And the tutorial below will explain how to find these large files on the entire contents of the computer.

  1. Open Windows Explorer.

  2. Click on This PC.

    Click This PC

  3. Type sizes: in the search field.

    Searching for Large Files in Windows 10

  4. Then several options will appear below. Please select gigantic to find file size 4GB to the top.

    Choosing the Gigantic Option

  5. Now wait a few minutes, until the search process is complete.

  6. When finished, click menu View and select Details.

    Click View Menu and Choose Details

  7. Then click the tab Size to sort files with the largest size first.

    Sorting Large Files

  8. Now the file with the largest size is at the top of the list.

The length of the search process depends on the number of files on the computer’s HDD/SSD 3 minutes until 10 minutes. Because the tutorial above will search for all the contents of the computer, including the C Drive though. You can also search only in certain Drives, and the process will definitely be faster.

Once you find the file, you can manage it, whether it’s deleting or moving it. But make sure don’t delete system files. So if you want to delete an administrator permission notification, it’s a good idea to cancel.

There are several options when you type “sizes:” in the search field. Just select the size of the file you expect. If the file size is around 1 to 4GB only, please select the option Huge.

Also read: How to prevent corruption when downloading large files


No need to use additional programs if using Windows Explorer alone can find large files easily. And even if you want to save storage capacity on your computer, I would rather delete the trash stored on the system.

To clean the garbage on the system, it is highly recommended to use the program Ccleaner because it is proven to be accurate in the deletion process. In addition, users are also given the freedom to choose a trash so that it is not deleted, for example Windows Logs or cookies in the browser.

Before ending this, I want to give one additional tip for Laptop users so that the process of searching for large files can be a little faster. Namely please use mode High Performance which can be adjusted via the battery settings in the toolbar.

Hopefully useful and good luck