Hello lovely people 🙂
One of the most popular freeware applications to clean up your computer is CCleaner, and with very good reason. The application is both easy to use and powerful. Today, I in my computer repair wisdom (please go with me. having a challenging day here..) will show you how to make a shortcut to Run CCleaner how in silent mode.
Well, we achieve that with a command-line switch on a shortcut, of course, which will run the same option as when you right-click on the Recycle Bin (bet you didn’t know)
Many of us do not show the Recycle Bin icon on our desktop, with most of us preferring to keep the desktop icons hidden most of the time… which is why we would rather have a shortcut or hotkey somewhere else.
How to setup Your Options
You need to decide what settings you want running when Ccleaner is running automatically. For example ,you may want to look at whether or not you want to clean out all your recent documents or cookies.
Next, go over to Options Advanced and make sure that the *Save all settings to INI file* option is checked (it should be checked by default). This will make sure that whatever settings you have chosen are saved out to an INI file in the same directory.
You will be able to take a look in the file… notice that we turned off recent documents and cookie cleaning, so those are now set to False in the file. (You do not need to touch this file)
How to create the Shortcut to Automatically Run CCleaner
First just right-click on the desktop or elsewhere, and choose New Shortcut from the menu.
You will now need to browse to the location of CCleaner on your computer, which will typically be found at the following path (but could be elsewhere).
You will want to add the /AUTO switch at the end (make sure to put a space between it), which will typically put the full string as this (and if you do not want to you still will have to because that is the only way to go do it):
“C:Program FilesCCleanerCCleaner.exe” /AUTO
The /AUTO switch will tell CCleaner to run automatically, and not show the GUI. If you are curious what the (x86) in the screenshot path is… We are running 64-bit Vista, which has one directory for 64-bit programmes and another for 32-bit programmes.
Give your shortcut a name like “Run CCleaner”, and you should now have an icon on your desktop:
Please note shortcut keys will only work if the icon is in the desktop or start menu and not in the quick launch bar. If you like you can open up the properties on the icon and assign a shortcut key
Once you run the shortcut you will be prompted with the UAC prompt (if you did not disable UAC), and then CCleaner will run silently and clean up your computer.