To delete a file or folder


Open My Documents

If the file or folder you want to delete is not located in My Documents or its subfolders, use Search to find it. To open Search, click Start, and then click Search.


Click the file or folder you want to delete.


Under File and Folder Tasks, click Delete this file or Delete this folder.


To open My Documents, click Start, and then click My Documents

You can also delete files or folders by right-clicking the file or folder and then clicking Delete.

To retrieve a file you have deleted, double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop Right-click the file you want to retrieve, and then click Restore.

To permanently delete a file, press and hold down SHIFT and drag it to the Recycle Bin. The item is permanently deleted and cannot be retrieved from the Recycle Bin.

Related Topics

Remove items permanently when you delete them

Recycle Bin overview

Files and folders overview

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