How to Always Delete Files Permanently on Windows

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On Windows, your deleted files will be stored in Recycle Bin before you can decide to delete them or not.

Luckily, we can skip Recycle Bin which means every time a file is deleted, it won’t be there. It’s deleted permanently!

Here, how to set your computer to always delete files permanently — no third party software needed.

1. Right-click on Recycle Bin, then select Properties.

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2. Select Don’t Move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted, and click OK to confirm.

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I also highly suggested you to check on the Display delete confirmation dialog box to prevent an accidental deletion.

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3. Now, deleted files won’t be in Recycle Bin. They are removed permanently.

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At this point, Recycle Bin may no longer serve its original purpose, but that’s okay. If you don’t want to use this setting, you can still delete files permanently by pressing Shift+Del on the selected files.

For an accidental permanent deletion, you can still recover the files using free software like Recuva. It does not guarantee a 100% recoverability, but very useful nevertheless.

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