How to Delete Hidden Temporary Internet Files

By Brenda Sanders

Because the folder that contains temporary internet files is usually hidden, you must set your computer to show hidden files and folders before you can delete those files. Following the instructions in the first section of this article will enable you to display the hidden files and folders on your computer. The directions in the second section will assist you in finding out where the files are located so you can delete them.

How to Set a Computer to Show Hidden Files and Folders

Step 1

Click once on the “Start” menu button on the taskbar. Find the Control Panel. Click once on it. The “Control Panel” window will pop up.

Step 2

Click twice on “Folder Options.” The “Folder Options” window will pop up. You will see four tabs: “General,” “View,” “File Types” and “Offline Files."

Step 3

Click on the “View” tab. You will see two subheadings, “Folder views” and “Advanced settings.”

Step 4

Look under “Advanced settings.” You will see several options to check.

Step 5

Look for the “Show hidden files and folders” option. It is located under “Hidden files and folders." Click the circle in front of “Show hidden files and folders."

Step 6

Click the “Apply” button and then "OK."

How to Find And Delete Temporary Internet Files

Step 1

Click twice on “Internet Options” in the Control Panel window. The Internet Properties window will pop up. You will see seven tabs: “General,” “Security,” “Privacy,” “Content,” “Connections,” “Programs” and “Advanced.”

Step 2

Click on the “Settings” button. The Temporary Internet Files and History Settings window will pop up. The window will have two sections: “Temporary Internet Files” and “History.” Look under “Temporary Internet Files” for the words “Current location.” You will find your temporary internet files in this location.

Step 3

Open the file so you can view the temporary internet files.

Step 4

Go to the “Edit” pull-down menu while viewing your temporary internet files. Click once on “Select All.” All of your files will become highlighted.

Step 5

Go to the “File” pull-down menu. Click once on “Delete.” A window will pop up that asks if you really want to delete the files. Click “Yes."

Step 6

Open the Recycle Bin. Click on the “Edit” pull-down menu. Click once on “Select All.” All of your files will become highlighted.

Step 7

Go to the “File” pull-down menu. Click once on “Delete.” A window will pop up that asks if you really want to delete the files. Click “Yes." All of your temporary internet files will be deleted.