How do I delete a file from my computer?

Deleting a file from your computer is a relatively straightforward task as long as you know where the file is located. Before deleting any file, it’s important to make sure that the file is no longer needed, since it will be permanently deleted and unable to be recovered.

Step 1: Open your computer’s File Explorer. On Windows, press the Windows key + E and on a Mac, select Finder.
Step 2: Find the file you wish to delete. You can use the navigation panel on the left side of the File Explorer window to browse through folders and subfolders.
Step 3: Right-click (or control+click if using a Mac) on the file and choose “Delete” from the pop-up menu.
Step 4: You may be asked if you are sure that you want to delete the file. If so, click “Yes” or “OK.”
Step 5: The file should now be deleted. Depending on your system settings, the file may be found in the Recycle bin or Trash, where it can be permanently deleted or restored.

If you are trying to delete a program, the process may be slightly different. On Windows, press the Windows key + S, type “add or remove programs” into the search box, and click “Add or remove programs.” From there, select the program you wish to uninstall and follow the onscreen instructions. On a Mac, select Finder, click “Applications” in the left navigation panel, select the program you want to delete, and then drag it to the Trash. You may need to provide your computer’s administrator password to delete the program.

Deleting files and programs off your computer ensures that any potentially sensitive information is securely removed and prevents your hard drive from becoming cluttered. Now you know exactly how to delete a file or program from your computer!