How to Delete Multiple Files in Windows

by Joshua Benjamin
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Deleting unneeded files is a handy way to free up more space on your computer's hard drive. Of course, if you have a lot of files you want to delete, it can become quite tedious doing it one at a time. Fortunately, Windows makes it simple to select and delete multiple files at a time.

Step 1

Click the first file you want to delete to select it.

Step 2

Hold down the "CTRL" key on your keyboard.

Step 3

Click the other files you wish to delete while continuing to hold down the "CTRL" key. This will select multiple files at once.

Release the "CTRL" key and then press the "Delete" key on your keyboard. A new dialog box will pop up on your screen asking if you are sure you wish to delete the selected files. Click the "Yes" button to delete them all.


  • Simply "Deleting" the files will only send them to the Recycle Bin--which you will have to empty later if you want to permanently remove them from your hard drive. If you wish to skip the Recycle Bin and permanently remove them immediately, hold down the "Shift" key, then press "Delete." This will permanently delete the files from your computer.


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About the Author

Joshua Benjamin began as a professional freelance writer in 2009. He has successfully published numerous articles spanning a broad range of topics. Benjamin's areas of expertise include auto repair, computer hardware and software, firearms operation and maintenance, and home repair and maintenance. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.

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