How to Delete a File or Folder in Windows Vista - dummies

How to Delete a File or Folder in Windows Vista

By Nancy C. Muir

Knowing how to delete files and folders that you no longer need will help you keep your Windows Vista computer from becoming too cluttered. Although most Vista computers have large hard drives, computers can run slower when they are bogged down with unnecessary files. And anyone with an iPod, mp3 player, or digital camera knows that multimedia files can quickly fill up space.

  1. Locate the file or folder you want to delete.

    If necessary, access Windows Explorer by right clicking on the Start menu and selecting Explore.

  2. Right-click the file or folder that you want to delete and choose Delete.


    Alternatively, you can press the Delete key on your keyboard.

  3. Click Yes to delete the file.


    For the most part, when you delete a file or folder in Windows Vista, it’s not really gone. It’s removed to the Recycle Bin. The only exception is when the file is particularly large. If your file is too large, you will be warned that the file will be permanently and immediately removed from the computer.