How to Delete CorelDraw Temp Files [6 Steps]

If you are a graphic designer, chances are that you have used CorelDraw. It is a great program that can be used for many projects, including creating logos, brochures, invitations, or anything involving vector designing and 2D designs. It is a program that has stood the test of time, having been created in 1989. However, as with any other program, some aspects of it are frustrating to users

An issue that many users come across is CorelDraw may lag or crash frequently. If you are in the middle of a project and have not had the chance to save it, this can be infuriating. However, there is a way to deal with this issue. Deleting these files regularly will help CorelDraw to be smooth and efficient. Read on to find out the 7 steps in how to delete these files.

How Do I Delete CorelDraw Temp Files?

If you find that your CorelDraw keeps shutting down or is sluggish, and you want it to start working smoothly again, take the following steps to delete the temp files:

  1. First, make sure that all the windows are closed. If you happen to have any temporary files open, they will not get deleted when you give the command.
  2. Once, you are sure all the windows are closed, press both the Windows key and the R button at the same time. There are two Windows keys. One is located on the bottom of the keyboard to the left of the space bar between the buttons labeled “Alt” and “Ctrl”. The other Windows key is located on the bottom of the keyboard to the right of the space bar and the Alt key on that side. A new window should come up.
  3. In the new window type the following: %tmp%. There will be a space to type it in a box to the right of “Open” near the bottom of the window.
  4. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window. The list of temporary files should now come up.
  5. Select the files you want to get rid of. You can select individual ones that want to delete. However, if you want to get rid of all of them to delete, press the Ctrl button and the A button at the same time.
  6. Delete the files. As soon as you have pressed Ctrl and A buttons, a delete button will come up. Press it, and the files should now be moved to the Recycle Bin folder. Close the temporary files and go into the Recycle Bin, to delete the files permanently.

If you did not close out any windows before starting the process, at this point a message will pop up saying that a file is in use or open. You can still go ahead with the process by checking the box next to the option that says, “Do this for all items”, then clicking the button labeled, “Skip.” This will send the temporary files to the recycle bin folder on your desktop, same as in step 6.

You will want to empty this folder as well, just to make sure the job is done thoroughly and to ensure that the lagging does not continue. To do so, right click with your mouse. A drop-down menu will appear. Select “Empty Recycle Bin” and all the files should be permanently deleted.

What Should I Do If CorelDraw is Still Lagging?

If you have tried the above and it is still freezing or crashing, then it may be an issue with your operating system or other things in use and not with CorelDraw. To see what may be going on, take the following steps:

  1. Click the start button. Once the menu has opened up select “Run” and another window will pop up.
  2. Type MSCONFIG into the area provided. A box labeled “System Configuration Utility” will appear with a dialogue box.
  3. In the dialogue box, locate the tab labeled “Startup” and click it. In this tab click on the button labeled “Disable all”.
  4. Click on another tab labeled “Services”. There will be different boxes for you to check. Choose the one that says, “Hide All Microsoft Services” then click “Disable All”.
  5. Next, click the “OK” button to confirm. Restart the computer.
  6. Once the computer has restarted, get back into CorelDraw. Try to go back to the same point you were when the crashes or lagging occurred.

If everything is working properly, then it is time to use a process of elimination to determine what program may have been causing the issue. To do this, go back into the services tab where all the Microsoft services are listed. Add one in at a time, restarting your computer each time and going back into CorelDraw to see if the same lags or crashes occur.

This may take a while, especially if it is only one background program that you never paid attention to causing the issue but will save you time in the long run.


CorelDraw has been a trusted program over 30 years for creating 2D images on everything from invitations to brochures to posters. Sometimes, the program will crash or lag, making it difficult to get your work done. However, there are a couple ways to fix this and minimize the frustration. First, is to delete the temporary files in CorelDraw that may have piled up and are “clogging the system. Second, is to do a misconfiguration.

To delete the temporary files, press the Ctrl button and the R button at the same time, type %tmp%, click Ctrl and A, and delete the files. Make sure to clear out your Recycle bin as well. To do a misconfiguration, click Start, type MSCONFIG, click “Startup” then “Disable All”. Then click on “Services”, check “Hide All Microsoft Devices, click “Okay” and restart your computer. Through process of elimination figure out which one of the programs was the issue.