JSI Tip 5262. How do I delete a file or folder, bypassing the Recycle Bin, in Windows XP?

The default behavior of Windows XP is to first copy files and folders that you delete to the Recycle Bin.

To permanently remove the object, you must also delete it from the Recycle Bin.

NOTE: You can restore files that exist in the Recycle Bin.

To bypass the Recycle Bin for a specific delete action, hold down the SHIFT key as you press the Delete key or use the Delete commands on toolbar or context menu.

If you wish to permanently bypass the Recycle Bin:

1. Right-click the Recycle Bin and press Properties.

2. Check the Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted box.

3. Press Apply and OK.

NOTE: If you want to bypass the confirmation message, clear the Display delete confirmation dialog box.

NOTE: The following actions DO NOT send files to the Recycle Bin:

Deletions from removable disks (CD-ROMs, floppy disk, Zip drives, and other removable disks).

Deletions from remote shares.

Deletions from compressed (zipped) folders.

Deletions from the command line.

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