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After searching the internet for a while, I get a mix and match of "permanently change it through recycle bin properties" or other incorrect info such as "hit SHIFT+DEL". I am hoping there's a quick shortcut I could use that gives me access to that functionality only when I need it. For example, it'd be nice to hold shift while your right-click a file to expose additional options like "Permanently delete file". Of course, I know this doesn't exist (I actually checked for good measure). However, is there a similiar hidden shortcut to do this?

Update: Always remember to test out every suggestion even if you are willing to bet money that it doesn't work!

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closed as not a real question by Breakthrough, ChrisF, BBlake, Siim K, 8088 Nov 21 '12 at 16:17

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Shift Del does still work, at least on my PC under win 7 64bit –  Col Sep 1 '11 at 12:33
Whoa... it does work! I could have swore that only cut the file for paste elsewhere, at least I am pretty sure it does on my 32-bit version at home. CTRL+X cuts still, but I will bet money that SHIFT+DEL used to cut it, as well. –  oscilatingcretin Sep 1 '11 at 12:39
Put that as the answer, Col, and I will mark it. –  oscilatingcretin Sep 1 '11 at 12:42
Weird. I think shift del used to do cut in some old DOS programs, I wonder if you accidentally set some sort of prehistoric compatibility setting. –  Col Sep 1 '11 at 12:46
Shift+Del acts as "Cut" in document editing (including various text input areas), but not in the file manager. –  grawity Sep 1 '11 at 12:46
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Shift+Del does still work, at least on my PC under win 7 64bit

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This doesn't actually work for me. Shift+Delete sends my files to the recycle bin. So there must be some configuration option somewhere to enable/disable this. I'd love to know where. –  David Wallace Nov 15 '13 at 3:27
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Shift+Del has been the shortcut for permanently deleting files since Windows 95, and still works in Windows 7:

General keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl+X Cut the selected item

Shift+Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

Same for Shift+dragging to the Recycle Bin.

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You might have your NumLock left switched ON if you're using Delete button on your numkeys. I usually get this problem because I used more on typing numbers from the numkeys and with that, I often forget that my NumLock was switched ON from using the numkeys to encode numbers. So you must have the numlock switched OFF to be able to use Shift + DEL for permanently deleting a file. Hope it helps.

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