Deleting files on a Windows operating system is a common task for computer users. However, when you delete a file, it doesn’t immediately disappear; it goes to the Recycle Bin. This means that you have to open the Recycle Bin and delete it again, which can be time-consuming. To solve this problem, I will guide you through two simple ways to permanently delete files on your computer. Let’s explore these methods in this article.
1. Deleting Files on Your Computer
To begin, right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop and select Properties.
In the Recycle Bin Properties dialog box, click on each drive and check the option “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Removes files immediately when deleted.” Then click OK.
From now on, when you delete a file, it will no longer be moved to the Recycle Bin.
2. Using the Shortcut combination to Permanently Delete Files
You can simply press the SHIFT + Delete keys after selecting the file you want to delete. Then click Yes, and the file will be permanently deleted.
3. Using the Cipher Tool to Permanently Delete Files
Step 1: Open Command Prompt as an Administrator. You can do this by searching for “cmd” in the Start Menu search box or the Taskbar, then right-clicking on Command Prompt and selecting “Run as administrator.”
If you’re using Windows 10 or newer versions, the “Run as administrator” option will appear immediately when you search for “Command Prompt.”
Click Yes if prompted by the User Account Control message.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt, enter the command “cipher /w:C:” followed by the name of the file you want to delete. For example, “cipher /w:C:presentation group 8.” Then press Enter to start ciphering the specific file on the C drive.
To change the drive, replace the letter “C” with the appropriate letter (e.g., D, E, …).
Note: The ciphering process may take a few minutes. Please ensure that your computer or laptop is idle and not running any applications. Wait until the desired file is deleted.
Step 3: After the ciphering process, you can delete the file as usual by clicking Delete. The file will be completely removed without being sent to the Recycle Bin.
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In summary, we have explored three easy ways to delete files on your computer. By following these methods, you can save time and permanently remove unwanted files without sending them to the Recycle Bin. Try these techniques and enjoy a clutter-free computer experience. If you have any feedback or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.