Laptops For Dummies, 6th Edition
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If you don’t need a file or folder anymore, you can clear up clutter on your laptop by deleting it. Remember, keeping your files organized and deleting unused or unnecessary files or folders will keep your laptop working at its best.
  1. Locate the file or folder by using File Explorer. (Click the File Explorer icon on the Desktop, and then browse or search to locate the file you want to delete.)

  2. In File Explorer, right-click the file or folder that you want to delete and then choose Delete from the shortcut menu. (Or you can simply click the file to select it and then press the Delete key.)

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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 and choose Restore. Windows restores the file to wherever it was when you deleted it.

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Dan Gookin has been an author, editor, ghostwriter, and a public official. He's written more than a dozen Dummies books on technology, with a special focus on PCs, the Android operating system, and Microsoft products. And in 1991, he was the author of the very first Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, which started the whole enterprise.

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