How to Delete Files using Windows Command Prompt

Deleting files is easy thing; you just need to right-click on the file and click on Delete option. Yet, there are some files which can’t be deleted and they are in use by another application so you can’t delete a file with the mouse click. So, when files cannot be deleted from Windows Explorer then it can be easily deleted from Command Prompt. Want to know how? Well, here are the steps to delete files using Windows Command Prompt.

Method 1: Preparing File for Deletion

First locate your file:

  1. If you know where the files are located then move to it and open the appropriate folder.
  2. In case, if you don’t know where the file is then go to Start search and type its name then right-click the file, when it pops up, click on it and open the file location and go to the file directly.

Note: Here the exception is, if you are trying to delete a file from the “System32” folder, which is Windows’ system files folder then keep your file there only.

  1. Next, click and drag your file onto the desktop so that it will make the deletion process easier as you won’t have to change the deletion location from within Command Prompt.
  2. Now, right-click your file and this will prompt a drop-down menu.
  3. Next, click Properties present at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  4. Look at the file extension. The file’s extension will be listed near the top of the “General” tab in the “Properties” window and to the right of the “Type of file:” text. Here, you need to know your file’s extension in order to delete it using Command Prompt. Some of the common extensions include:
  • .txt for Text files
  • .jpg or .ping for image files.
  • .docx for MS Word files.
  • .mov, .wmv, .mp4 for video files.
  • .mp3, .wav for sound files.
  • .exe for executable file
  • .link for shortcut files.
  1. Write down the file extension and now you are ready to use Command Prompt.

Method 2: Deleting the File with Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Prompt. Here, you want to avoid the “Administrator” (or “Admin”) version of Command Prompt unless if you are deleting a file in the “System32” folder. You can open Command Prompt in various ways depending on the version of Windows you are using:
  • Hold down ? Win and press X, then click on Command Prompt above the Start button.
  • Next, right-click on the Start button which is in the bottom-left corner of the screen and click the Command Prompt in the pop-up window.
  • Now, type “Command Prompt” into the search bar of Start menu (In case of Windows 8, move your mouse to the top-right corner of the screen and click the magnifying glass) and click on the “Command Prompt” icon as it appears.
  • Now, open the “Run” app from the Start menu and type “cmd”, and on click OK.
  1. Next, type cd desktop and press Enter. This will change the location (or “directory”) in Command Prompt to your desktop.
  • By opening Command Prompt in “Administrator” mode, it will change the directory to the “System32” file. Hence, do not open Command Prompt in “Administrator” unless your file is in the “System32” folder.
  1. Type del [filename.filetype]. Replace “filename.filetype” with your file’s actual name and extension.
  • If there are spaces in file name then place quotation marks around the file name: “I likeicecream.jpg” instead of I_like_icecream.jpg or similar.
  • If you want to delete all files of same extension saved on your desktop then type *.filetype where “filetype” is the extension (e.g., *.txt).
  • Then press Enter there you will see a new, blank line appear in Command Prompt and your file will be deleted now.
  • As the “del” command removes files directly from your hard drive, no need to delete the file again from the Recycling Bin.

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Export Signatures from Outlook 2016

During some occasions, there arises the need to export signatures from Microsoft Outlook 2016. For instance, think that you have replaced an old computer with a new one. So, when you do that, you need to configure the MS Outlook including the signatures into the new system. In general, it’s a lengthy process to create signatures one after the other. However, this post will disclose a technique to export signatures on MS Outlook 2016 easily. Therefore read on to know more about the technique.


Instructions to export signatures from MS Outlook 2016

Generally, all the signatures in MS Outlook will be located in a folder known as Signature. You need to open the Signature folder in order to copy/cut signatures effectively.

  • Step 1: Open any folder and then enter the following line in the address box,

%user profile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures

Thereafter, press Enter button from the keyboard. Then, the Signature folder opens up. Here you will see that each signature has three files – one HTML file, one Text file, one Rich Text Format file and then a file folder

  • Step 2: Now, from within the Signature folder you need to select and then copy the three files/documents and well as one file folder related to each signature that you wish to export
  • Step 3: Finally, paste the copied files and the folder into a secure folder of your choice

Note: If you don not wish to carryout the above-mentioned technical steps manually, then its better to opt for Outlook Migrate tool. The application will guide you though each and every step of the migration process. Most importantly, the software will automatically export the signatures or any other files from MS Outlook 2016 (or any other version). Further, using the same tool you can even create backup of the Outlook data and also import Outlook files.

What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CC?

Adobe Photoshop is used to create production quality designs and other images on your mobile devices and desktop. It can get instant access to all your assets such as Adobe Stock images from right inside Photoshop. By continue reading this article, you can see how the latest Adobe Photoshop CC helps you to quickly turn any motivation into unbelievable work with new efficient features for web and app design, print and graphic design, and photography. New Adobe Photoshop CC is released in 2015 with new exciting features for photographers and designers to create quality images in mobile devices as well as desktop which are listed below,

New adobe photoshop cc

Artboards: One of the major changes is that Photoshop CC supports for artboards. The artboards utility works in the same way as Adobe Illustrator which lets Photoshop user who work on web apps and mobile creates several artboards for various layouts in a particular document.

Creative Cloud Libraries: This is powered by Adobe Creative Sync which intelligently syncs files, colours, settings, vector graphics, photos, fonts, brushes, metadata and so on which is creating with the help of creative assets directly accessible in the right format across desktop, mobile and web applications.

Adobe Stock: Adobe stock is a content service has been integrated into Creative Cloud Libraries and Linked Assets which is giving you access to forty million stock images.

Design Space (Preview): Design Space (Preview) is designed as a new design experience inside Adobe Photoshop which is efficient for the requirements of web, mobile, UX app designers. It’s an HTML5 or CSS or Java Script layer built on top of Photoshop. To enable Design Space (Preview), choose Preferences option and select Technology Previews and then select Enable Design Space (Preview).

Export Artboards, Layers: You can now export layers, layer groups, artboards and Photoshop documents as PNG, PNG-8, JPEG, SVG, or GIF image assets.

Layer styles: It is used to apply multiple effects such as strokes, drop shadows, color overlays, inner shadows, gradient overlays, and so on to a single layer style. You can also apply some effects with more than one instance in layer style.

Device Preview: Adobe Preview CC is an iOS friendly application which gives accurate and accurate in-context previews of web designs and mobile apps on an iOS device in real time. You can make the association between Photoshop and Preview via USB or wireless connection on the same Wi-Fi network.

Blur Gallery | Restore noise in blurred areas: You can apply a Blur Gallery effect which makes blurred areas becomes synthetic or unnatural. You can now restore noise to a blurred picture area to offer it a more reasonable appearance.

3D printing: You can export 3D models as SVX or PDF files. While indicating the 3D print settings you can select Print To: Local and then choose SVX File or PDF file as the printer.

3D imaging: The 3D menu has a new command as 3D > Simplify Meshes which lets you decrease the count of triangles in a mesh to a new manageable number. The command reduces triangles to as your wish by giving number algorithmically while trying to keep the reliability of the model. This development is useful for decreasing the difficulty of a file in creation for 3D printing.