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How To Permanently Delete Files, Folders And Icons

Use caution when using this tip, as it does exactly what it says and there are no second chances. When you delete a file, it's normally moved to the Recycle Bin, where it stays until you empty it. To permanently delete a file and bypass the Recycle Bin, hold down the Shift key while deleting it. You'll get a pop-up window confirming the deletion; if you click Yes, the file is gone for good. So for safety purposes, I'll walk you through permanently deleting an unwanted file from one of your old floppy disks or a thumb drive.


Permanently Deleting Files, Folders And Icons

  1. Round up an old floppy disk that you are absolutely certain that you do not need any more.
  2. Then place this old floppy disk into your floppy disk drive in your computer.
  3. Double click on the My Computer icon on your Desktop until it opens.
  4. Then double click on your 3½ Floppy (A:) drive until it opens.
  5. For a thumb drive, double click on its drive letter such as the (E:) drive until it opens.
  6. Select any file or folder by gently clicking on it just enough until it becomes highlighted.
  7. Now while holding down the Shift Key on your keyboard, press the delete key on your keyboard.
  8. You can also click on the tool bar Delete button in while holding down the Shift Key as well.
  9. Windows will issue a warning asking you if you are sure that you want to delete the file.
  10. Once again, if you're absolutely sure that it's OK to delete the file then click on the Yes button.
  11. Your file will be permanently deleted and will not be stored in the Recycle bin.

Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.

You Can Also Recover Files From The Recycle Bin By Reading: How To Recover Files From The Recycle Bin


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