How do I delete a file permanently in Windows?

Permanently deleting a file in Windows is relatively easy, but there are several ways you can do it. You can delete a file by right-clicking on it and selecting “Delete” or “Move to Recycle Bin.” Or, if you want to permanently delete it without sending it to the recycle bin, simply press the Shift+Delete keys at the same time.

If you delete a file by accident, you may have the option to restore it from the Recycle Bin. However, if you have permanently deleted a file, this won’t be possible.

One way to permanently delete a file is to use a third party software program. There are many paid options available with advanced features, but there are also free programs you can use. One popular free option is CCleaner, which is available for both Windows and Mac. When you install CCleaner, you will have the option to select “Wipe Free Space” from the list of tools. This will allow you to securely delete any files that were previously deleted, so they cannot be recovered.

Another way to permanently delete a file is to use a command line utility, such as sdelete. Sdelete allows you to securely delete files and folders from the command prompt. To delete a file with sdelete, open the command prompt (type cmd in the search bar and press enter) and enter the command “sdelete -p path-of-file”, replacing path-of-file with the actual path to the file you want to delete.

Finally, if you want to delete multiple files at once, you can use a utility called wipe. Wipe allows you to securely delete entire folders, as well as single files. To use it, run the command “wipe -f path-of-folder” from the command prompt, where path-of-folder is the path to the folder you want to delete.

No matter which method you choose, always make sure you’ve backed up important files before you delete them. Once a file has been permanently deleted, there is no way to recover it.