How to Enable or Disable Delete Confirmation Dialog on Windows 10

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Looking for easy ways to enable or disable delete confirmation dialog on Windows 10?

We all have been through situations where we end up deleting important files from our devices accidentally and then be upset about it for the next 2 days. A confirmation dialog stating ‘Are you sure you want to do this’ might not be exciting to see, but for sure has helped many of us save our tears for another day.

In Microsoft Windows, when you attempt to delete a file, a confirmation dialogue pops up on the screen, asking you to confirm the action. This feature is generally useful because it prevents you from accidentally deleting your important files, but sometimes you may want to skip it, for instance when deleting multiple files at once. 

Luckily, this feature is customizable and if you want to enable or disable it, you are in the right place. 

In this guide, we will walk you through some easy methods of doing so in detail. 

Let us get started!

1. Modify the Recycle Bin Settings.

If you want to enable or disable the delete confirmation dialogue on Windows 10, then the easiest way of doing so is by modifying the Recycle bin settings on your PC. 

This method is the default way of doing so, and should not take much of your time. 

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Right-click the Recycle bin shortcut on your desktop and select Properties from the list of options available. In case your desktop does not have the Recycle bin shortcut, then you can enable it by navigating to Start > Settings > Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings.
  2. In the newly launched window, checkmark/uncheck the box associated with Display delete confirmation dialog and hit OK to save the changes. 
Enable or Disable Delete Confirmation Dialog on Windows 10

That is it. 

This should successfully enable or disable the delete configuration dialog on Windows 10 every time you delete a file. 

2. Use Local Group Policy Editor.

The Group Policy Editor allows administrators to modify the Windows working environment at an advanced level. 

Information about Windows programs and processes is stored in the form of policies in the Group Policy Editor and by modifying the relevant policies, you can customize the operating system according to your preferences. 

Here is how you can use the Group Policy Editor to enable or disable delete confirmation dialog on Windows 10:

  1. Open a Run dialogue box by pressing Windows + R keys simultaneously on your PC.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type ‘gpedit.msc‘ and hit Enter. This should launch the Local Group Policy Editor on your PC.
  1. Once you are inside the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer
  1. Now locate and double-click on Display confirmation dialog when deleting files in the right pane.
Enable or Disable Delete Confirmation Dialog on Windows 10
  1. Select Enable if you want to enable the feature and Disable if you want to disable it. 
  2. Finally, click on Apply/OK to save the changes you just made. 

Doing so will help you enable or disable delete confirmation dialog on Windows 10.

3. Try Using CleanMyPC.

Our operating systems can be plagued with unwanted files that prevent us from performing certain tasks. If none of the methods suggested in this guide work for you, that is probably the case. 

In this scenario, we recommend that you remove junk files from your computer first, and then practice the methods we’ve described.

A good PC cleaner can get rid of junk files quickly and easily, and we recommend using CleanMyPC if you don’t already have one. 

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4. Use Windows Registry.

Another easy way to enable/disable delete confirmation dialog on Windows 10 is by using the Windows Registry.

Windows Registry is a database that stores low-level information about essential Windows programs. Windows Registry is frequently used by administrators who want better control over their operating systems.

Registry keys store information regarding the Windows programs in the Registry, and we will be changing the relevant ones in this procedure.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open a Run dialogue box by pressing Windows + R keys simultaneously on your PC.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type ‘regedit‘ and hit Enter. This should launch Windows Registry on your PC.
  1. Once you are inside the Registry Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  1. Now right-click anywhere in the right pane and choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
  2. Rename this newly created value as ConfirmFileDelete and double-click on it. 
  3. To enable the confirmation dialog, type 1 under Value data. To disable it, type 0
  1. Finally, restart your PC and check if the desired changes have been made. 

This should enable or disable delete confirmation dialog on Windows 10 without any issues.

This wraps up our guide on enabling/disabling delete confirmation dialog on Windows 10. We hope that one of the methods mentioned above did the trick for you. In case you still have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below.

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