Enable, Disable Delete Confirmation Box for Recycle Bin in Windows 10/8/7

Windows 8 users may have noticed that when you delete a file to the Recycle Bin, unlike in Windows 7 and earlier versions, the new operating system will no longer show you the Delete Confirmation Box. This is because Microsoft found that most users preferred to turn off this delete warning. As a result, it is turned off by default.

Enable Delete Confirmation Box for Recycle Bin in Windows

If you wish you can enable the Delete Confirmation Box. This post will show you how to enable or disable the Delete Confirmation Box in Windows 10/8/7

1] Via Recycle Bin Properties

To do so right-click on the Recycle Bin and select Properties.

Check the Display delete confirmation dialog box and click on Apply/OK.

The next time you delete any file to the Recycle Bin, you will get to see the Are you sure you want to move the folder/file to the Recycle Bin box.

2] Using the Group Policy Editor

Hit the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility, type in gpedit.msc and hit Enter. Once Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to the following setting-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer

Now, on the right side panel and double click on Display confirmation dialog when deleting files and set the radio button to Disabled for it.

Allows you to have File Explorer display a confirmation dialog whenever a file is deleted or moved to the Recycle Bin. If you enable this setting, a confirmation dialog is displayed when a file is deleted or moved to the Recycle Bin by the user. If you disable or do not configure this setting, the default behavior of not displaying a confirmation dialog occurs.

This will turn off the delete confirmation prompt. Setting the radio button as Enabled or Not Configured will turn on the delete confirmation prompt.

Exit the Group Policy Editor and then reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

3] Using the Registry Editor

Hit the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility, type in regedit and hit Enter. Once Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Now, right click on the right side panel and click on New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Set the name of this newly created DWORD as ConfirmFileDelete.

Double click on the newly created DWORD and set its value as 0 This will disable the delete confirmation prompt. A value of 1 will enable delete confirmation prompt.

Exit the Registry Editor and then reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

4] By setting a Maximum Size

To do so right-click on the Recycle Bin and select Properties.

Under the section of Settings for selected location, select Custom size.

Set the value in the data field to higher than what is already entered.

Click on OK for the changes to take place.

I personally prefer to have the setting – not have the delete confirmation box displayed.

These links may also interest you:

  1. Display Recycle Bin in Computer folder in Windows
  2. Add Recycle Bin To Taskbar In Windows
  3. Increase the size of Recycle Bin
  4. Create a Recycle Bin for USB Drive & Removable Media
  5. BinManager: A Manager for your Recycle Bin.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

4 Comments

  1. Austin langer

    These options help lot when windows 8 will be launch because at that time we will need to operate.

  2. Brad Waddell

    hi – any idea how to DISABLE the delete confirmation dialog in windows 8 when using a USB memory stick? It is not listed in the recycle bin therefore it’s behaviour is not set there.

  3. A USB Drive or removable media does not have a Recycle Bin unlike your desktop, so anything you delete from it is just simply gone. Hence there is no way to disable the Delete Confirmation Box as far as I know. This is probably a safety measure. If you use iBin, you can create a Recycle Bin for your USB. You will then be offered various options. https://www.thewindowsclub.com/create-a-recycle-bin-for-usb-drive-removable-media

  4. Brad Waddell

    this is contrary to previous versions of windows which did not display a dialog on deletion from the USB. all i’m asking is how to make it perform like previous windows versions did, i’m sure it’s just a registry thing, right?

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