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How to permanently delete files in Windows 10

Hello, how are you? As we use the computer, it fills up with files and information. Indeed, the user is used to save files, documents or images that are deposited in memory. For that reason, we usually delete elements to free up space in the system. Also, to avoid having repeated elements. However, when deleting files, they are moved to the recycle bin. That is, they are not deleted permanently. Since they are in the Recycle Bin, they can be recovered at any time. Well, today we will see a couple of methods to permanently delete files in Windows 10.

How to permanently delete files using the menu in Windows 10

The first thing you have to do is go to the file browser. With this intention, press the Win+E combination. Once there, select the file or folder to be deleted and press Shift+Del. Please confirm the message:

Press the combination Shift+Del
Press the combination Shift+Del

As you can see, the wizard asks if you want to permanently delete the items. After confirmation, the folders are effectively gone.

Permanently deleted files
Permanently deleted files

How to permanently erase files using the Command Prompt

It is a functional and safe method. With this in mind, we access the command prompt as administrators. To do this, type CMD in the search bar.

Run a CMD as an administrator
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When accessing the console we must use the following syntax:

del /f  file path

Please replace the file path element with the corresponding value. In addition, you must confirm the deletion with the letter Y.

Deleting a file in a definitive way with CMD
Deleting a file in a definitive way with CMD

When you check the file browser, you will see that it has indeed been deleted.

In this simple way we have seen how to permanently delete files in Windows 10. In addition, we detail a graphic mode and another mode through Command Prompt. What is certain is that with either of the two steps, the elements are completely removed. That is, they will not remain in the recycle bin. Okay, that’s it for now. Before I go, I recommend my recent post about Light Web Browsers. Bye!

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