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Windows 7 Temporary Internet File Location

Temporary Internet File Location

Maybe you have been using your laptop or desktop for years and never ever bother to check  temp folders.

And it will only come to your attention to finding the temp folder when the hard disk is running out of space...

Does it sounds familiar?...

In Windows 7 finding the Temporary Internet Files folder isn't quite straight forward as Windows XP..

Using the "environment variables" as it is called, that is used most commonly in a batch file. (don't bother about those terminologies) our focus is to find and check the temp folder.

Using the environment variable %temp% will save some few clicks to find the temporary internet files folder.

Press Windows + R, type "%temp% on the run window (don't include the quotes).

After clicking "OK", the temp folder will open.



If you haven't clean your temp folder, you will see a lot of files on it. You can delete all of it if you want to, those are just files used temporarily by the system or third party applications.

To check the Temporary Internet Files, you need to go backward from the Temp location.

Click on "Local" on the breadcrumb bar or breadcrumb navigation bar as they call it. Anyway, we just call it location or address bar.

Then find and click on "Microsoft" folder, click on "Windows" folder.


If you check the folder listing under "Windows" folder you will not be able to see the "Temporary Internet Files" folder.

Click on the address bar and will show the exact location of the folders.


Type "\" and letter "t" and if you are lucky there will be a drop down list that will show you some selections.

If not you have to type the whole folder name.


Now you can see and delete your temporary internet files folder with a lot of junk files.

Now you can get rid of it, or you can scrutinize the files on it.

Is temporary internet files folder are junk files only?

When I say scrutinize, there are certain cases that "Temporary Internet Files" folder is very important.

Let's say you open an outlook, and your colleague had scrutinized your word document telling you to revise some paragraph asking you to type some more lies to make it more appealing and make it look true lies. (just kidding)

You open the document, revise the whole thing put some colorful words and click on save and close the document.

Then you realize that you still need to forward the revised document, where would you find it?

You press F3 to search the whole hard drive and you couldn't find your document.

Yes, you will not be able to find it, because windows search doesn't search on temp folders.

On my previous blog, which I wrote about dir /s /w  *.doc* this might come handy to you.

Anyway, to make the story short if ever this would happen to you.

If you click the attachment in outlook and you edit it directly after opening and you never select "Save As" to specify where to save the location, chances are your file could be in the temp folder.

Well, in my case here's the location of my attach documents when I open in outlook:

c:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook1\some folder with random names

In my case, it was ~\Content.Outlook1\RM2MASK7\ inside this folder I'm able to see all attachment files which  I open in outlook.

Hope this may help someone.. thanks for reading... :)

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