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Delete a file

Deleting a file removes it from its previous location. If the location is on your hard drive, the file will be moved to the Recycle Bin. If the location is on external media, CD, or a network location, the file will be permanently deleted.

You can't delete a file if someone else has it open in any program. The file must be closed, and if it is a shared file, it must be checked in.

Note: You can find more information about deleting and restoring files and folders in the Microsoft Windows Help and Support Center, which you can access from the menu begin can be accessed by clicking Help and support click. For information about the recycle bin, see View, restore, or delete items in the recycle bin.

The best way to delete files is to use Windows File Explorer.

Delete a file using File Explorer

  1. Open a file explorer window.

    Tip: A quick way to navigate to File Explorer is to use the keyboard shortcut Windows key +E. to press.

  2. Find the file that you want to delete.

  3. Select the file and press the DELETE key, or click the tab on the ribbon begin on Clear .

Tip: You can also select multiple files to be deleted at the same time. To select multiple files to delete, press and hold CTRL KEY pressed. To choose a long list of files, click the first file in the list, press and hold SHIFT, and then click the last file in the list.

For more information, see: Delete a File Using File Explorer

Remove a file from the recently used list in an Office program

If you want to keep the file but remove it from the recently used files list, do the following:

  1. click on file > to open.

  2. Find the file that you want to delete.

  3. Just right-click the file, then click Remove from list.

For more information about customizing the Recently Used List, see: Customizing the Recently Used List.

In Office 2010 or Office 2007, you can delete files from Office applications or using Windows Explorer.

Delete a file from an Office application

  1. click on file > to open in Office 2010 or on the Microsoft Office button , and then click to open in Office 2007.

  2. Find the file that you want to delete.

  3. Right-click the file, and then click on the shortcut menu Clear.

    Tip: You can also select multiple files to be deleted at the same time. To select multiple files to delete, press and hold CTRL KEY pressed. To choose a long list of files, click the first file in the list, press and hold SHIFT, and then click the last file in the list.

Delete a file using Windows Explorer

  1. Open Windows Explorer.

    Tip: A quick way to navigate to Windows Explorer is to use the keyboard shortcut Windows key +E. to press.

  2. Find the file that you want to delete.

  3. Right-click the file and click on the shortcut menu Clear.

For more information, see: Delete a File Using File Explorer

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