How to delete files directly in Windows 11

This article teaches you how to delete files directly in Windows 11 without moving to Recycle Bin. Follow the tutorial bellow, you will soon learn how to delete files directly in Windows 11 without moving to Recycle Bin.

The deleted files will go to Recycle Bin in case that you may want to restore the deleted files, cause the deleted files have something valuable. In most cases, I don’t recommend you to delete unwanted files directly, cause you may have no chance to restore them when you realized that it’s important somehow. But the deleted files in Recycle Bin really take disk space, especially for the users who are using SSD, the size of disk is precious.

To delete files directly without going to Recycle Bin in Windows 11 is quite easy. Select the files that you want to delete and press “Shift+Del” key combination, they will be deleted permanently. And if you can’t remember the short key, you can change the settings for deleting.

Right click Recycle Bin, and choose “Properties”.

And then active Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.

Then your Windows 11 Recycle Bin will be always empty, without occupying any disk space.

This option is not recommended. You will lose the chance to restore the deleted files. Even though some data recovery software may recover them, however, you still have chances to lose them.

Unlike MacOS, Windows 11 doesn’t offer automatic deleting if the deleted files stay in Recycle Bin for a certain period, such as 30 days. And if you need this feature, some Windows 11 cleaners may help you to do so. Just check this article “Best Free Windows 11 Disk Cleaner“.

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