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Delete a file / folder in Windows 7 + how to restore deleted files and folders

Windows 7 lets you easily delete a file or folder, but in a "recoverable" way; this means that (except in one case we'll discuss in this tutorial) you can "un-delete", or restore deleted files and folders from the Recycle Bin. We will show you how to delete a file or folder, how to recover it from the Recycle Bin, and how to permanently "shift-delete" a file or folder to bypass the Recycle Bin.

 

How to delete a file or folder

Follow these steps to quickly delete a file or folder in Windows 7:

That's all it takes to delete files and folders in Windows 7! Unless you manually empty the Recycle Bin, or configured some settings to have the Recycle Bin automatically emptied periodically, the files and folders you delete remain indefinitely in the Recycle Bin.

Restore deleted files / folders from the Recycle Bin

We will now show you how to restore deleted files and folders from the Recycle Bin:

Tip: you can also access the Windows Recycle Bin by double-clicking on it on the desktop, assuming it is set to be displayed on the desktop, and that your desktop icons are set to visible.

Permanently delete a file / folder (bypass the Recycle Bin)

In some cases, you may want to delete files and folders permanently, without making them go through the Recycle Bin at all. This is possible, practical, but also a bit dangerous.

Before you proceed to deleting this way, keep in mind that any file and folder you "shift-delete" cannot be recovered without specialized third-party software (and even then, there are no guarantees). So use this permanent deletion tip with caution!

Don't learn the hard way: only delete files and folders this way when absolutely necessary!

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