How Do You Permanently Delete a Document?


Quick Answer

To delete a document in Microsoft Windows, either right click on the document, and select Delete from the menu, or click and drag the document to the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. On an Apple computer, click and drag the document to the trash icon.

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In Windows, right click the Recycle Bin icon, and click Empty Recycle Bin to permanently delete everything in the bin.

To empty the trash folder on a Mac, in the finder window, simultaneously press the Command, Shift and Delete keys, or go to the finder in the top navigation bar and select Empty Trash.

Always check your Recycle Bin or trash folder before emptying it to make sure you don't delete documents you want to keep.

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