How to Delete a Word File on a PC

This emindsca will show you how to delete a Word document on a Windows PC. This will move the file to the recycling bin if it is saved on your hard drive. If the file is saved on a disc, CD, or network location, it will be deleted permanently.

Method 1 Using File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer Image titled File_Explorer_Icon.png on your computer. Press ⊞ Win + E to open File Explorer.

Alternatively, look for a folder icon on your task bar or desktop, or search for it using the search icon on your taskbar.

2. Locate the Word file you want to delete. Navigate through your folders on the left, or search by file name in the search bar.

To open a folder, double-click it or right-click and select Open.

3. Right-click the Word document and select Delete. Alternatively, while the file is highlighted, press the Delete key, or click and drag it to your desktop’s recycling bin.

Method 2 Using Word

1. Open Microsoft Word on your computer. Look for a blue square with a white “W,” or use your taskbar’s search icon to look for Word.

2. Click File. This is in the top left corner of the page.

3. Locate the document you want to delete. Look for it in Recent, or use the search bar at the top to look for it by name.

4. Right-click the file and select Delete. You will be prompted to confirm your desire to delete the file.

If a file is currently open in Word, you cannot delete it. Before deleting, make sure to exit the file by clicking the X in the top right corner.

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