Permanently delete files from your computer

Personally I do not like to use the Recycle Bin feature that is built into Windows XP. I would rather have deleted files automatically removed from my PC when I select the option to delete them. Knowing that I am probably not the only one who feels this way, I have devised the following tutorial. This simple tutorial explains how a user can permanently remove or delete files on their Windows XP computer without moving them to the Recycle Bin.

Permanently deleting files without using the recycle bin:

  1. Right click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and select Properties
  2. From the recycle bin properties menu, check the box that says “Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted” Recycle Bin Properties Screenshot
  3. Click apply

From now on, when you delete a file it is automatically removed from your computer completely bypassing the recycle bin.

If you would like to completely remove the Recycle Bin Icon from your desktop, move on to this tutorial