For Seniors: Delete a File or Folder on Your Laptop
If you don’t need a file or folder anymore, you can clear up clutter on your Windows laptop by deleting it. Deleting unwanted files or folders clears up much needed hard disk space for files and folders you want to keep.
Right-click Start, and choose Open Windows Explorer.
The Windows Explorer window (also called Computer) opens.
Double-click a folder or series of folders to locate the file or folder that you want to delete.
As you double-click each folder, the folder's contents is displayed. Eventually, you will dig far enough to find the file or folder you want to delete.
Right-click the file or folder that you want to delete and then choose Delete from the shortcut menu.
You can also click the file to select it and then press the Delete key. A Delete File dialog box appears.
Click Yes to delete the file.
The file is deleted.
When you delete a file or folder in Windows, it’s not really gone. It’s removed to the Recycle Bin. Windows periodically purges older files from this folder, but you might still be able to retrieve recently deleted files and folders from it.
To try to restore a deleted file or folder, double-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. Right-click the file or folder you want to undelete and choose Restore. Windows restores the file to wherever it was when you deleted it.