A user of a Windows computer may want to permanently remove and delete the files on their device
without moving it to the Recycle Bin
because the data that is deleted and sent to the Recycle Bin can be retrieved if it has not been emptied
Here are the steps to permanently delete files in Windows:
- Open the folder containing the files to be deleted.
- Selecting the file to be deleted, and you can choose more than one file to delete by pressing and holding the
- (Ctrl) key, then clicking on the files to be deleted, and you can choose all the files inside the folder by pressing the two keys (Ctrl+A).
- Press and hold the (Shift) key, then press the (Delete) key.
- Click Yes, to permanently delete the files from the computer without sending them to the Recycle Bin.
Permanently delete files from Mac devices:
Here are the steps to permanently delete files from a computer running (Mac OS 10.3) or later:
- Click on the file you want to delete from your Mac.
- Clicking the left mouse button once on the file you want to delete, then pressing the (Del) key on your keyboard.
- Click and hold on the trash can icon, a window will open with some options.
- Clicking and holding the (⌘) symbol on the keyboard, while keeping the previous window open.
- Choose the Secure Empty Trash option, so that all files within the Trash will be permanently deleted.
Delete temporary files from the computer:
Here are the steps for deleting Temporary files from computers running Windows 7 and later versions:
- Open the Start Menu on the computer.
- Type the command (%temp%) in the search box that appears on the screen.
- Pressing the Enter key.
- Delete the files in the temporary files folder that was opened, and it is possible to bypass deleting some files that are used from the device.