1. 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, they're sent to the Trash. In most operating systems, when files are deleted they are only marked as such, but will still exist on the hard drive until they are overwritten by other data. This condition is what makes data recovery possible.
- How do I delete a file, directory, or folder?
- Delete files without getting a prompt.
- How to help make sure all data is erased on hard drive.
- When I delete a file on my computer, where does it go?
- How do I recover a deleted file?
2. A command that is used to delete or remove data or files. Below is a list of different methods for deleting a file.
- MS-DOS users can delete files using the del, deltree, or erase commands.
- Linux and Unix users can delete files using the rm command.
- Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and other users of GUI Operating Systems can delete files by highlighting them and pressing the Delete or Del key on the keyboard.
- See the how to use ftp help page for information about delete and other FTP commands.
3. DEL is both a common abbreviation for delete and a keyboard key commonly used in shortcut keys. For example, ALT + CTRL + DEL indicates that you should press the alt, control, and delete keys all at the same time. The picture is an example of the delete key found on an Apple computer.