Saturday, March 25, 2023

Don't Lose Your Files! Here's How to Enable Delete Confirmation Alerts in Windows

Windows Recycle Bin Icon
Did a file on your Windows PC disappear?

Check your Recycle bin.  

When working with files and folders on a Windows computer, it can be easy to accidentally delete something important. 

Fortunately, Windows includes a feature that can help prevent accidental deletions: delete confirmation alerts. 

By enabling delete confirmation alerts, Windows will prompt you to confirm that you want to delete a file or folder before it is permanently removed from your computer.

Here's how to do it. 

  • Right mouse-click on the Recycle Bin.
  • Select Properties.

Windows Recycle Bin Properties
Recycle Bin Options

  • Select Display delete confirmation dialog.
  • Windows Recycle Bin Properties
    Recycle Bin Properties

    • When you delete a file, you’ll see an alert to confirm that the file will be sent to the Recycle bin.

    Windows Delete Confirmation Dialog
    Delete File Confirmation Dialog

    • Note:  Files deleted using other programs will not receive this confirmation.

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