An Explanation Of The Windows 10 Folder/File System

Delete A Windows 10 File Using Different Methods

When a file is selected, by clicking on it with the left mouse button, you then have a choice of two menu methods in which to delete that file.

With menu method one: Place the mouse pointer over the selected file and, whilst over the selected file, click the right mouse button (right-click). Doing so will bring up the context menu (Options menu) for that selected file. From there move the mouse pointer down (or up) the menu-items, temporarily highlighting each menu-item as you move downwards (or upwards), until you reach and highlight the menu-item called DELETE. Now click the left mouse button (left click), whilst the mouse pointer is over the word DELETE, to delete the selected file. A requester will appear asking you if you want to delete the file (Fig 1.1 below).

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Fig 1.0  Move the mouse pointer down the menu-items until you reach the DELETE menu-item, then left click.

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Fig 1.1  Do you really want to delete this file?

Always read a requester's message carefully. Especially if it ever says something like "and move ALL of its contents". Clicking on the YES button, with the left mouse button, will delete the selected file. So be careful.

If you really want to delete the file click on the YES button, but if you have changed your mind click on the NO button. When you delete a file it normally goes into the Recycle Bin (Dustbin/Ttrashcan), depending on your computer setup. If this is the case you can recover that deleted file, and any previously deleted folders and files, as long as the Recycle Bin has not been emptied. Read the Recover Folders/Files section for more information.

Technically you did not have to select the file first, with this menu method, as a Right-Click acts as a Double Click. So in this case the Right-Click selects the file and then displays the context (Options) menu.

Delete A File METHOD TWO

Menu method two uses the currently selected file's folder (window), and more precisely its Ribbon, to activate the DELETE function. A Ribbon is a sort of drop-down window or menu with buttons on it instead of traditional menu-items; such as the menu-items on a context menu.

To delete a file using the ribbon you first need to select the file (Fig 1.0 above). Once selected click on the HOME Tab (menu-item) of that selected file's window (folder), to display the ribbon (buttons menu), and then left click on the DELETE button to delete the currently selected file. A requester will appear (Fig 1.1 above) asking you if you want to delete the currently selected file.

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Fig 1.2  Click on the DELETE button to continue

As you can see: The two menu methods have similar options for the selected file, such as RENAME. And this is the case for most menus. So always check to see if there is a Right-Click, context menu, available for example for the task you are doing; such as renaming a file or copying a folder. Likewise, check if there is a ribbon (buttons menu) available for that task.

Another way to delete a file, once it is selected, is to press the DEL (Delete) keyboard key. This is the quickest and easiest method.