Delete1. In general, delete or remove refers to the act of eliminating a file, text, or other object from the computer hard drive or other media. Files deleted in Microsoft Windows are sent to the Recycling Bin. On Apple computers, deleted files are sent to the Trash. In most operating systems, when files are deleted, they are only marked as such, but still exist on the hard drive until they are overwritten by other data. This condition is what makes data recovery possible.

Where is the Delete key on the keyboard?

Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the Delete keys highlighted in blue on the main keyboard as well as the numeric keypad.

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Note: Apple computer keyboards have a "delete" key instead of a Backspace key and no Del key on the numeric keypad.

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2. A command that is used to delete or remove data or files. Below is a list of different methods for deleting a file.

Delete key3. DEL is both a common abbreviation for delete and a key on a computer keyboard. It is sometimes used in combination with other keys to perform certain actions on a computer, also known as shortcut keys. For example, CTRL + ALT + DEL indicates that you should press the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys at the same time. The picture is an example of the delete key found on an Apple computer.

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4. When writing HTML, the <del> tag is used to indicate that a block of text has been deleted from a web page. In some cases, the <ins> tag would then be used to indicate the new text being added in place of the deleted text.

Also see: Backspace, Bit bucket, Clear, Control keys, Discard, Erase, Expunge, Kill, Mdelete, Negate, Purge, Terminate, Uninstall