Have you ever wanted to delete a file without it going to the Recycle Bin? Very often PC users will want to permanently delete a file without having to empty the Recycle Bin
(NOTE: This is also useful for bypassing the annoying “File is being used” errors you sometimes get when trying to delete a file.)
If you are sure you want a file deleted without having to empty the recycle bin, then follow the simple steps below.
HOW TO DELETE A FILE WITHOUT SENDING TO THE RECYCLE BIN
For Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2003/2000/98/95
1. Highlight the file you want to delete.
2. Hold down the SHIFT key and while holding down press the DELETE key on the keyboard. (SHIFT+DELETE while the file is highlighted.)
3. A box will pop up will ask “Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?” Click YES.
(WARNING: Be very careful with this command. If you have the wrong file selected and delete it without sending to the recycle bin, it can be difficult to recover, although usually possible with data recovery software)
If you want to permanently delete a file and prevent the file from being recovered by even the most sophisticated data recovery software, wipe the free space by using the free program CCleaner. Make sure the checkbox for “Wipe Free Space” is checked and click “Run Cleaner”. This is useful for when donating your computer or hard drive, which will prevent a hacker from stealing your deleted data.