How to Delete Files and Folders in Windows 7

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In Brief...

To optimize space on your computer, it is a good practice to delete files and folders you no longer use. However, it is important to note that when you delete a folder, you delete everything that resides in that folder as well. Therefore, it is essential to verify that you do indeed want to make your deletion. To delete a file or folder, follow these three steps.

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  1. Select the file or folder icon.

  2. Press Delete.

  3. In the dialog box that appears, click Yes to confirm the deletion.
    Dialog Box

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Author: Margaux Judge

Margaux Judge has worked as an e-learning editor and instructional designer for over ten years, writing and editing a wide variety of courses, from technical topics to soft skills. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Television Writing from Boston University.