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Check swap file size

You can use System Monitor to get an idea of the size of the swap file your system uses. Title: Check swap file size Blurb: You can use System Monitor to get an idea of the size of the swap file your system uses.

The swap file is an area on your hard disk that Windows uses to shuffle memory back and forth into RAM. By using a swap file, Windows can run programs that exceed the capacity of the machine’s physical RAM. The tradeoff is that it takes time to swap files back and forth to your hard disk, and this slows performance. You can use System Monitor to get an idea of the size of the swap file your system uses. To see how large your swap file is at any given time, open System Monitor by selecting to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and System Monitor. Click Edit, Add Item, and choose Memory Manager in the left window. In the right window, choose Swapfile Size and click OK. System Monitor will then start tracking your swap file size.

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