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How to Bypass Recycle Bin When Deleting Files on Windows 10

When you right click on a file and select Delete, the file will not be immediately deleted, but it will be temporarily moved to the Recycle Bin until you empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete the file from your computer. The process of deleting files seems a slightly cumbersome, especially when you delete a large amount of files at once. So you may wander how to immediately and permanently delete files without moving them to Recycle Bin. Now in this post we will show you how to bypass Recycle Bin when deleting files on Windows 10. There are three methods.


Method 1: Bypass Recycle Bin using shortcut key combinations

Step 1: Click the file you want to delete using your left mouse key, so that you can select/highlight the file.

Step 2: Press the Delete/Del key while pressing and holding the Shift key on your keyboard.

Press Shift and Delete

Step 3: Then a popup delete confirmation dialog will ask if you are sure to permanently delete the file. Clicking Yes will immediately and permanently delete the file without moving it to the Recycle Bin.

Confirm Delete

Method 2: Bypass Recycle Bin through Recycle Bin Properties dialog

Step 1: Double click the Recycle Bin icon displaying on Windows 10 desktop to open the Recycle Bin.

Step 2: Right click on any blank area within the Recycle Bin, and select Properties from the context menu.

Select Properties

Step 3: In the Recycle Bin Properties dialog, select the "Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" option, and click OK. Then you will bypass the Recycle Bin when deleting files.

Select Don't move files to Recycle Bin

Method 3: Bypass Recycle Bin by Registry Editor

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor in Windows 10.

Step 2: Go to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. When the Explorer key is selected, right click on the blank area of the right-side pane, and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new value. Name the new value NoRecycleFiles.

Create NoRecycleFiles value

Step 3: Double click the NoRecycleFiles value, and change its value data to 1 and click OK.

1 = Enable

0 = Disable

Change value data to 1

Step 4: Restart Windows 10 for the changes to take effect. Then you will bypass the Recycle Bin when deleting files.