There are times when you need to free up some storage space, or you want to find out how much space each app or game installed on your Windows computer is using. If you are looking for this information, there are no obvious ways to find it. You might be tempted to search for programs that help with this task, but there is no need for that. Both Windows 11 and Windows 10 have their way of telling you this information. Without further introductions, here are a couple of ways to learn how much space each of your installed applications or games is using:
NOTE: This guide covers Windows 11 and Windows 10, and most methods I’ll show you work the same in both operating systems. When something is different, I include separate sub-chapters for each operating system.
There are a couple of different methods you can use to check how much space an application takes up in Windows. In the next sub-chapters, I’m covering all, so follow the steps of the one you prefer:
If you want to know how much space a particular app is occupying, the easiest way to do it is through the Settings app. If you’re using Windows 11, launch Settings (Win + I), select Apps on the left sidebar, and click or tap on Installed apps on the right-hand pane.
On the right side of the window, you’ll find a list of the apps installed on your Windows 11 computer. The list includes both desktop apps and apps from the Microsoft Store.
Scroll until you find the desktop program or the Windows app for whose size you want to know. Then, take a look to its right, and you should see how much space it takes up. For example, in the screenshot below, you can see that Adobe Acrobat takes 584 MB of space on my Windows 11 PC.
The downside to this method is that some apps, like Steam games, don’t show their size. For such apps, you can use some of the other methods in this guide.
If you’re using Windows 10, you can check an app’s size on your drive using Settings, too. To do so, open the Settings app and then click or tap on Apps.
On the right side of the app, in the Apps & features section, you’ll find the list of programs and apps installed on your computer.
Locate the program, app, or game whose size you want to know. Then, look at the information displayed on its right side. There, you should see how much space it takes up. For example, in the screenshot below, you can see that Skype takes 73.1 MB of space on my Windows 10 PC.
Just like in Windows 11, the downside to this method is that not all apps provide this information, so the Settings app cannot always tell you how much space those apps occupy. For such apps, you can estimate their size using one of the other methods in this guide.
A method that works the same in Windows 11 and Windows 10 is offered by the Control Panel. Open it and click or tap on Programs.
Then, head to the Programs and Features section by clicking or tapping on its link.
The operating system will then list the programs (desktop apps) installed on your computer. On the right side of the list, you’ll see a column named Size showing the space occupied by each application on your PC. If you don’t see the Size column, maximize the window to make enough room for it.
The downside to this method, though, is that none of the apps from the Microsoft Store and not even all the desktop programs provide information about their size in the Programs and Features section. For such apps, you should try finding their size using one of the other methods in this tutorial.
This method requires a bit more work, but it works for desktop apps and games too. Including those from Steam or other gaming platforms that are not shown in the Settings app or in the Control Panel. Here’s how it goes:
Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder where the program is installed. Usually, this is a subfolder inside Program Files or Program Files (x86). In the following screenshot, you can see that I wanted to check the space taken up by Microsoft Office on my Windows computer.
Right-click or press and hold on the folder and select Properties. Alternatively, you can select the folder and press Alt + Enter on your keyboard. The Properties window opens for the selected folder.
In the General tab, look for the Size on disk entry: it shows you the space occupied by that application.
Though this is one of the most reliable methods of finding out the size of an app or game, you should know that the information here doesn’t include additional folders of that app. Some applications may have specific user folders where they store data. They are separate from their installation folder, and in some cases, they can be larger than the installation folder.
If you want to know how much space a game is taking up on your Windows PC, you can follow the simple steps in the following sub-chapters, depending on the gaming platform you’ve used to install that game:
The best way to learn how much disk space a Steam game occupies is from the Steam app itself. Open the Steam client on your computer, go to the Library tab, and locate the game you’re interested in.
Once you find it, right-click on the game and select Properties from the context menu.
In the game’s Properties window, click or tap on Installed Files in the left sidebar. Then, on the right, you will see the Size of installation. This is the storage space occupied by that game on your Windows computer.
If you want to double-check the game’s size, you can also click or tap the Browse button to open File Explorer and see the game’s folder on your PC.
File Explorer will then open in the game’s folder. Right-click an empty spot in your game’s folder and choose Properties in the context menu.
Finally, this opens the Properties window, where you can double-check your game’s size on your PC.
Note that you can also use File Explorer directly without going through Steam to check how much space your games are taking on your Windows PC. To do that, launch File Explorer and head to this default location:
This is where Steam installs your games by default. To find the size of a game, right-click on its folder, choose Properties, and check the Size on disk value just like in the previous paragraphs.
TIP: If you are a multilingual user and Steam isn’t displaying in the language you want, here’s how to change the language on Steam.
If you want to find out how much disk space a game from Epic Store takes up on your Windows PC, a straightforward way is from the Epic Games app. Open the Epic Games client on your computer, access your Library, and locate the game you’re interested in. Once you find it, right-click on its tile. In the context menu displayed, look next to the Uninstall option, and you’ll see the game’s size.
Alternatively, you can click or tap on the Manage option from the game’s context menu. Then, a new window will open: in it, you can check the size of the game under Installation.
Moreover, if you want to check the game’s size in File Explorer, press the folder button left of Uninstall.
This makes the Epic Games client open File Explorer and automatically take you to the game’s folder. There, right-click on a blank spot and select Properties in the context menu.
Then, File Explorer shows you the game’s Properties window, where you can find its folder size on your PC listed next to Size on disk.
It’s worth noting that you can also use File Explorer directly without relying on the Epic Games client to get to your games and check how much space they are taking on your PC. For that, open File Explorer and head to this location:
This is the place where the Epic Games app installs your games by default. To check the size of a game, right-click on its folder, select Properties, and look at the Size on disk value, just like in the previous screenshot.
If you’re looking to check the disk space taken up by a game from GOG, launch the GOG Galaxy app and access the game’s page. Then, press the More button at the top, select Manage installation, and click or tap on Show folder.
This will in turn open File Explorer and automatically take you to that game’s folder. There, right-click on a blank spot and select Properties in the context menu.
File Explorer will then open the folder’s Properties window, where you can check the game’s size on your disk.
If you prefer, you can also use File Explorer directly, without going through the GOG Galaxy app. Unless you’ve changed the location of the games installed from GOG on your computer, the default folder where they all go to is:
To see the size of any of your GOG games, right-click its folder, click or tap Properties, and check the game’s Size on disk, just like in the previous picture.
If you want to know how much space a game you’ve installed from Ubisoft takes on your drive, you can use the Ubisoft Connect app to get to its folder. Open Ubisoft Connect and head to the game’s page. Select Properties in the left sidebar and click or tap Open folder on the right.
This opens File Explorer at the game’s folder location. Here, right-click on an empty space and choose Properties in the context menu.
Then, you can see the game’s size on your disk in the Properties window.
You could also skip the Ubisoft Connect app and use File Explorer directly to find out the size of a Ubisoft game. If you didn’t change the location for the games you install from Ubisoft Connect, they should all be in:
Once you get there, you can check the size of any game by right-clicking its folder, selecting Properties in the context menu, and looking at the game’s Size on disk, just like in the previous screenshot.
To see the size of an Electronic Arts game on your Windows computer, you can use the EA app. Open it and go to the Installed games section. There, locate the game and click or tap on the … (ellipsis) button in its top-right corner.
In the context menu, select View properties.
In the game’s Properties window from the EA app, you’ll see its Install location and a Browse button next to it. Click or tap on the button.
Then, you’ll see File Explorer open in that game’s folder location. Right-click on a blank space and select Properties in the context menu.
You can then check your game’s size on the disk in the Properties window.
If you don’t want to use the EA app to get to the game’s folder, you can also navigate through File Explorer manually. Unless you’ve changed the default location for your EA games, they’re installed here:
Once you get to their folder, you can find the size of any game by right-clicking its folder, choosing Properties in the context menu, and taking a look at its Size on disk, just like in the previous image.
Was it because you needed to free up some space and wanted to know which apps are larger? Or did you want to get a glimpse at the huge sizes of today’s games? Regardless, now that you know how much space each app or game takes, you might decide to clean up some of those you do not use often but need a lot of storage space. If you know other methods for learning the space used by your installed apps, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments section below.