How to Check Disk Usage for Apps in Window 8.1?

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On visiting the app store, almost each app appears to be useful in some way or the other. For paid apps, you might consider taking a pause for a while to decide whether you really need that app or not; accordingly you will download or refuse it. But for free apps, one usually gets the feeling of “let’s download it for now, later on I will measure its usage or non-usage.” Over a period of time you end up downloading so many apps that you run out of room in your PC.

Although, there are thousands of free apps on the app store for download but there is limited space in your computer. Hence, you have to keep a check on how much space these apps are occupying.

If you are using Windows 8.1 then you can refer the following tips to learn how to check the disk usage for apps in Windows 8.1. Learning these tips will enable you to see the space usage capacity of each app stored on your system. In this way you will always be able to judge the usability of an app against the amount of space it is utilizing. This will help you decide about which app to keep and which app to delete.

Tips to Check Disk Usage for Apps in Window 8.1

Please note, the following tips and tricks are explained in reference to a Windows 8.1 PC hence the term ‘click’ has been used. If you are using Windows 8.1 on a tablet, then you just need to tab on the touch screen instead of clicking. 

  • Click the Windows key and the ‘C‘ key together
  • This will open the Charms bar on the right-side of the screen. This command applies to both desktop as well as touch-screen device.
  • In the Charms bar, click on ‘Change PC Settings’
  • This will open the ‘PC settings screen’ towards the left side
  • Now, click on ‘Search and apps,’ click on ‘App sizes’

After this, the ‘App sizes’ screen will get displayed. This screen has a progress bar and Windows will take a few minutes to show off the results. The screen also intimates about the free space available on your PC. For example, an ‘App Sizes’ screen message has been shown below:

“You have 50 GB of space available on your PC. If you want to uninstall an app, select it from the list and then tap or click Uninstall. After this message, your Windows will display the list of all the apps stored in your PC and will also show up the amount of space each app is consuming on your hard drive. If you consider that any of these apps is consuming too much space and you are not using it often, then you can uninstall it right from here. To uninstall the app, you simply need to click on it and then click the ‘Uninstall’ button.

The flexibility to measure the disk usage for apps is a very useful feature in Windows 8.1. Using this feature, you will always be able to keep a better track of the apps installed on your PC or tablet. This will avoid the unnecessary usage of the disk space.

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This article was published on 2014/04/18