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How do you delete computer files?

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Quick Answer

To delete computer files permanently, send the desired files or folders to the Recycle Bin. Right click the Recycle Bin file, and select Empty the Recycle Bin from the drop-down menu.

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  1. Find the files you want to delete

    Locate each file you wish to delete by searching through File Explorer, also known as Windows Explorer. Windows 8 users may access File Explorer by clicking the folder icon in the bottom-left-hand corner of the screen. Windows 7, and earlier, users may access this directory by clicking Start then Computer. Use the navigation tools on the left-hand side of the screen to locate desired folders and files.

  2. Send files to the Recycle Bin

    Right click the file you want to delete to reveal file options. Click on Delete in the options menu. Alternatively, click the desired file, then select Delete on the keyboard. A confirmation pop-up prompts you to confirm file deletion. Click Ok to send the selected file to the Recycle Bin.

  3. Delete files from computer

    To delete files from the computer permanently, right click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop screen. Select Empty Recycle Bin from the list of options. Confirm this action in the subsequent pop-up box to delete files.

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