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How to Check Disk Usage for Apps in Window 8.1

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Have you installed so many apps in Windows 8.1 that you’re quickly running out of room? This might especially be the case if you’re using a Windows tablet. There is an easy way to see how much space each installed app is using.

NOTE: We show this procedure being done on a PC, so we talk about clicking with the mouse. If you’re using a tablet, simply touch the screen with your finger instead.

To begin, press the Windows key + C to open the Charms bar on the right side of the screen. It does not matter whether you are on the Desktop or the Start screen.

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Click Change PC Settings in the pane on the right.

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On the PC settings screen, click Search and apps.

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Under Search and apps, in the left pane, click App sizes.

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The App sizes screen displays with a progress bar as Windows determines the app sizes. A message also tells you how much space is available on your PC (or tablet).

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The list displays and shows how much space each app takes up on your hard drive. To uninstall an app, simply click on it and then click Uninstall.

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Now you can keep better track of your apps and avoid running out of space unexpectedly.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 03/11/14

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