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Deleting Files

NOTICE: Do not delete any files that are part of an installed program. Doing so may render the program unusable.

To delete a file, follow these steps:

  • Use Windows Explorer or My Computer to locate the file you want to delete.
  • Click the file to select it.
  • Click the File menu, and then click Delete.

Retrieving a Deleted File From the Recycle Bin

When you delete a file, it moves to the Recycle Bin. It is not removed from the system until you empty the Recycle Bin.

NOTICE: Files deleted from a diskette or from a network drive are erased permanently. They are not sent to the Recycle Bin.

If you delete a file in error and need to retrieve it from the Recycle Bin, follow these steps:

  • Double-click the Recycle Bin on the Windows desktop.
  • The Recycle Bin window opens and lists all deleted files, their previous locations, and the date you deleted them.
  • Click the file you want to restore.
  • Click the File menu, and then click Restore.
  • The file disappears from the Recycle Bin and is restored to its original location.

Emptying the Recycle Bin

Deleted files sent to the Recycle Bin still use space on the computer's hard-disk drive. To free up disk space, periodically empty the Recycle Bin by following these steps:

  • Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on the Windows desktop.
  • The Recycle Bin window opens and lists all deleted files, their previous locations, and the date you deleted them.
  • Click the File menu, and then click Empty Recycle Bin.
  • When a confirmation dialog box appears, click Yes to delete the file(s).
  • All files disappear from the Recycle Bin and are removed from the system.

    Note: You can also Right-Click on the Recycle Bin Icon and choose Empty Recycle Bin to empty the Recycle Bin.