How can I delete articles downloaded via ReadCube (Legacy) Desktop from my computer?

Note: a brand new version of the ReadCube Papers desktop app for OS X and Windows will be available soon!


For your convenience, ReadCube keeps downloaded articles on your computer even after removing them from your ReadCube library for later use.  Most PDF files are so small that leaving them on your computer, even thousands of them, should not take up a meaningful amount of space.  However, if you do wish to delete articles that you no longer use, please follow these steps:


  1. Consult your ReadCube's preferences under the General tab to find the location of your ReadCube Downloads Folder.  
  2. Navigate to your ReadCube Downloads Folder location through the Finder (Mac) or My Computer (Windows).
  3. Highlight all unwanted .PDFs by holding Control/Command and once done, delete by pressing the Delete key.


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