Checking the Size of Apps

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 17, 2017)

The release of Windows 8 brought the concept of "apps" (long a staple in the smartphone and tablet world) to the desktop. As you install apps on your Windows 8 or Windows 10 system, you discover that it can be very easy to amass quite a collection.

Obviously, apps take space on your device, whether it be mobile or desktop. Windows provides a quick way that you can get an overview of how much space your apps consume. The way you go about accessing that information depends on which version of Windows you are using.

If you are using Windows 8, the information is accessible through the PC Settings area. You can bring up this area in several ways:

  • Keyboard. Press Win+I (to display the Settings pane) and then choose the Change PC Settings link. If you prefer, you can press Win+C to display the Charms bar at the right of the screen, choose the Settings option (to display the Settings pane), and then choose the Change PC Settings link.
  • Mouse. Move the mouse to the very upper-right or lower-right corners of the screen. Windows displays the Charms bar, in which you should click the Settings option. Windows then displays the Settings pane where you can finally click the Change PC Settings option.
  • Touch. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen to display the Charms bar. At the bottom of the bar choose Settings to display the Settings pane. Finally, touch the Change PC Settings link.

With the PC Settings area displayed, click General at the left side of the screen. If you scroll down just a bit on the right side of the screen, you'll see a section entitled "Available Storage." This section provides a quick indicator of how much space is available on your system. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Windows 8 shows the amount of storage space available on your system.

While a single number can be a help in some situations, you'll probably find more detailed information to be more helpful. Simply click the View App Sizes button and Windows displays a pop-up window that shows all your apps and the amount of disk space each consumes. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Detailed information is available at the click of a button.

If you are using Windows 10, the information is available by looking at the settings for your system. The easiest way to display the Settings window is to press Win+I, although you could also display the Start menu and click the Settings icon there. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. The Windows 10 Settings window.

At this point you want to click the System option, and then click Apps & Features. The Settings window then provides a list of all the apps on your system. (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4. All of the apps installed on a Windows 10 system.

Note that to the right of each app on the system, you can see information about how much memory (disk space) that app occupies, as well as the date you installed the app.

 This tip (12967) applies to Windows 8 and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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