Since the start of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Metro Apps in their popular operating system. These Metro apps are unlike the traditional Windows programs and take the whole screen when they are run. These Metro apps work best on systems equipped with touchscreen display. But like the traditional Windows programs, the new Metro apps also take up storage space on your HDD or SSD disks. As you continue to use these apps, the amount of disk space claimed by them keeps increasing. There is no direct way of knowing how much disk space each of these Metro apps is consuming, but you can follow these steps to find this information:
- Press the Win+W hotkey to bring out the screen for searching settings. You can also swipe right-to-left on your screen and select search from the charms bar. If you do not have touchscreen, then hover your mouse cursor near the right edge of the screen to bring out the charms bar.
- In the search box, type Disk Usage and it will display you many of the possible items related to the search term. Out of the many search results, touch/click on the View App Sizes.
- On the next screen, it will show you general PC settings. You have to click/touch on the button labeled View App Sizes under the Available Storage category.
- You would see a list of all the Metro apps along with the disk space consumed by them. The listbox appears to be small, but you can scroll the list of the apps up and down to see all the apps and their respective disk usage.
Conclusion: Like the traditional programs in Windows, the newer Metro apps also consume your valuable disk space. You can easily find out how much of the disk space is being taken up by which of the Metro apps.