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How do I delete Photoshop cache or temporary files.

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How do I delete Photoshop cache or temporary files? Photoshop is filling up my C drive. I've changes the cache folder to another drive but I have to deal with the issue now before the other drive is filled up too.

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Well, I can help you on the Bridge Cache.

In Bridge: Edit > Preferences > Cache > Purge Cache should do the trick.

As for the other programs, you must visit their respective forums and ask for help there. Be sure to specify your OS version and program version, it will get an answer much faster since there are Macs as well as Windows based PCs running Adobe products.

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How do I delete Photoshop cache or temporary files.

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How do I delete Photoshop cache or temporary files? Photoshop is filling up my C drive. I've changes the cache folder to another drive but I have to deal with the issue now before the other drive is filled up too.

Thank you.

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Correct answer by gener7 | Adobe Community Professional

Well, I can help you on the Bridge Cache.

In Bridge: Edit > Preferences > Cache > Purge Cache should do the trick.

As for the other programs, you must visit their respective forums and ask for help there. Be sure to specify your OS version and program version, it will get an answer much faster since there are Macs as well as Windows based PCs running Adobe products.

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It's in C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Temp. To access that, you can type %LocalAppData%\Temp in the Start > Run field.

Look for "Photoshop Temp" file list.

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Thanks Gene. I saw the Local>Temp folder but there's not "Photoshop Temp" folder in there

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Photoshop Temp are the Photoshop temp files, there is no folder.

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Thanks. That gave me about 62GB of space. I still need to find about 100GB. I know where to find Preimere Cache files, so those are not included in the unaccounted space. I'll need help with Encore, Bridge, and other Adobe Apps cache or temp files.

My 250GB C drive was only 46GB used when I installed Production Preimum, now it's 150GB used.

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Well, I can help you on the Bridge Cache.

In Bridge: Edit > Preferences > Cache > Purge Cache should do the trick.

As for the other programs, you must visit their respective forums and ask for help there. Be sure to specify your OS version and program version, it will get an answer much faster since there are Macs as well as Windows based PCs running Adobe products.

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Thank you.

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I'm running Adobe CC oon Windows 7. Thank you.

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Gene, I am having the same issue.  I found the temp files just as you described.  However, they only appear when PS is actually open, in which case it won't let me delete them because it is open!  When I close PS, the files disappear from the temp folder.  Please help!  Thank you.

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I think this is normal behavior, a scratch file set aside for the during the operation of Photoshop. Mine is 176 MB. When PS is closed, then I get back that 176.

The temp files I was thinking of was a result of a crash or freeze, but I understand that's no longer a problem.  I do not see those anymore.

You would want to look at cleaning your OS temp files to free up space.

The Bridge cache is different. Basically thumbnail data for quick display in Bridge. That can build up as time goes on.

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Thanks so much for the reply.  Do you know how I would clean out my temp files on a PC?  And I want to make sure I understand correctly that temp files are not needed and it won't hurt to delete them-?  (I don't use Bridge.)  Thanks again.

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Start Menu > enter %temp% to get to your appdata temp directory.

Ctrl-a to select all in that directory. Delete to move it to the trash can. Empty the trash can.

Don't worry about breaking anything. Temp means exactly that. The files are not meant to stay there.

There may be a few files in use that can't be deleted. Don't worry much about that, they take up little space.

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Yay, you saved the day for me!  PS is moving along fine now!  Have a great evening.

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You too! Thanks for letting me know that it worked for you.

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Wow, I never use this site, but I logged in after forever to say thank you for this. I checked the temp folder and found I had amassed over 500GB of temp files over the years! I cannot believe I went this long without knowing. It happened so slowly I didn't even notice my drive filling up. Amazing!

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500  GB? That comp is a compulsive hoarder! Glad you could find answers here.

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hey gene, i deleted the temp files... but when i turn on ps i get many temp files of 64gb and more. And that is occupying all my ssd.

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i get atleast 5 to 7 temp files each, accumalating upto 360+ gb occupying all of my ssd

 

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The Purge command is very helpful, your machine can get really bogged down otherwise. I hope everyone will try and share this information as much as possible, because a lot of people really just don't know about it! Now that I think about it, time for a new blog post!

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