How to Delete a Folder in Windows 10


This tutorial will show you different ways on how to delete a folder in Windows 10.

Deleting a folder will also delete all contents inside the folder.

Deleting a folder from a removable drive will be permanently deleted by default.

Deleting a folder from an internal drive will be deleted to the Recycle Bin by default, and permanently deleted when you empty the Recycle Bin.


 CONTENTS:






Delete Folder in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Delete Folder in Windows 10
Delete Folder using Keyboard Shortcut

1. While on your desktop (Win+D) or in File Explorer (Win+E), select the folder(s) you want to delete, and press the keys you want in the table below.

Keyboard Shortcut Action Performed
Ctrl+D Delete to Recycle Bin
Del or Delete Delete to Recycle Bin
Shift+Delete Permanently delete

2. If you chose to permanently delete, then either click/tap on Yes, press Y, or press Enter to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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Delete Folder in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Delete Folder in Windows 10
Delete Folder from File Explorer Ribbon

1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2. Click/tap on Home tab. (see screenshot below)

3. Navigate to and select the folder(s) you want to delete.

4. Perform the action you want to do below:

A) Click/tap on the Delete button in the ribbon to delete to Recycle Bin.

OR

B) Click/tap on the arrow under the Delete button in the ribbon, and click/tap on Recycle or Delete permanently in the drop menu for what you want.

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5. If you chose to permanently delete, then either click/tap on Yes, press Y, or press Enter to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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Delete Folder in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Delete Folder in Windows 10
Delete Folder from Context Menu

1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2. Navigate to and select the folder(s) you want to delete.

3. Perform the action you want to do below:

A) Right click or press and hold on the selected folder(s), and either press the D key or click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

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OR

B) Press and hold Shift key and right click on the selected folder(s), release the Shift key, and either press the D key or click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

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Delete Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Delete Folder in Windows 10
Permanently Delete Folder in PowerShell

For more Remove-Item command usage details, see: Remove-Item | Microsoft Docs

1. Open PowerShell or an elevated PowerShell depending on the required rights to delete the folder you want.

2. Type the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Remove-Item -Path "Full path of folder" -Recurse -Force

Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to delete.

For example: Remove-Item -Path "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder" -Recurse -Force


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3. When finished, you can close the Powershell window if you like.






Delete Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Delete Folder in Windows 10
Permanently Delete Folder in Command Prompt

For more rd command usage details, see: rd | Microsoft Docs

1. Open a command prompt or an elevated command prompt depending on the required rights to delete the folder you want.

2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

rd /s /q "Full path of folder"

Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to delete.

For example: rd /s /q "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder"


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3. When finished, you can close the command prompt window if you like.






Delete Folder in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Delete Folder in Windows 10
Permanently Delete Folder in Command Prompt at Boot

1. Boot to a command prompt at boot.

 2. To Verify Drive Letter the Folder is in at Boot

The drive letter may not always be the same at boot as in Windows, so be sure to verify its drive letter before doing the command in step 3 below for this to work.

A) Type diskpart into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

B) Type list volume into the command prompt, and press Enter.

C) From the listed volumes, look for and verify the drive letter of the drive that includes the folder you want to delete.

D) In the command prompt, type exit, and press Enter.

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 3. To Delete the Folder

A) Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

rd /s /q "Full path of folder"

Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to delete. Be sure to use the correct drive letter from step 2.

For example: rd /s /q "D:\Windows.old"


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4. Click/tap on the Continue button to restart the computer and continue to Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn


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