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How to delete half of the data from notepad file quickly

I have a large notepad file and want to delete the first half of the data. I am at the midpoint now, the point at which I must do a trick to delete all the data before it. What command can help me do ...
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How to delete an invincible 0 byte file?

I have a file whose size is 0 bytes. When I try to remove it an error message appears, saying "Could not find file". Here is the list of things I've tried to delete the file: Rebooted Reset folder ...
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How to delete directories with path/names too long for normal delete

Windows seems to have a length limit on file names when trying to delete, though it won't prevent those files from being created. Our build process creates a number of temporary files (many build off ...
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Cannot delete a file: System cannot find the file specified

I want to delete a file but it shows an error: "System cannot find the file specified" what's the problem? the file which I want to delete: when I delete the file: the file name is : ...
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How to delete contacts in People imported from from google account that is now closed? [migrated]

I closed and deleted all contacts from 2 google accounts. But all the contacts are still showing up in People. Is there anyway to delete them?
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Can not delete Outlook 2013 mailbox folder

When I try to delete mailbox folder in the Outlook, it gives this error: Cannot delete this folder. Right-click the folder, and then click Properties to check your permissions for the folder. ...
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In windows, filter and delete image based on dimension(or any search filters for that matter)

In windows explorer, I can filter a folder based on the dimension criteria, say: width:<800 height:<600 (so that I filter small images) height:>2000 (so that I filter portraits) and then delete ...
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How to delete a folder from external drives if names are too long (like System Volume Information/content…)?

I'm coming from: How to delete “System Volume Information” folder from external drives? but unlikely that answer couldn't solve my problem. I've a copy of an old "system volume information" in my ...
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Shredding files in windows

Is there a built-in cmd command/utility on Windows that can shred files (delete and overwrite with random data) without the need to use third party software? In linux i would use shred. It a wonderful ...
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Recursively delete empty directories in Windows

I have a directory on my Windows 7 machine that has hundreds if not thousands of sub-directories. Some of them have files, some do not. I want to delete all the empty directories. Looking at the ...
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Not able to delete an email account

I entered an IMAP email into my Outlook (it is not the only email account I have). I then realized, I did not want it in my account so I went to Tools/Account Settings/Email Tab and deleted the file. ...
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Delete URL history in Google Chrome

I'm looking for a way to delete a whole URL in Google Chrome. Do I need to run some other program or can it be done in the browser itself?
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How can I delete all files/subfolders in a given folder via the command prompt?

I would like to delete all files and subfolders in a batch file in Windows 7 and keep the top folder. Basically emptying the folder. What's the command line instruction for that?
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How do I delete the Chrome App Launcher?

I'm running OSX 10.8.5 and I can't figure out how to get rid of the Chrome App Launcher. In launchpad when I long click on it and things begin to wiggle there's no X for me to click to delete it. ...
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get mutt delete behavior to work like apple mail

I am a new mutt user. I would like to have it's delete behavior to be like apple mail. press delete key the mail gets moved to the Trash folder and it sits there. No purge. The screen also immediately ...
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Windows - Can't delete folder from Recycle Bin and it won't restore

Chain of events: Empty Recycle Bin silently fails. Tried it repeatedly. Selected ranges of items in Recycle Bin and deleted them (some didn't work), narrowing down until only one item was left: a ...
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I can't delete a file, it's in use by the system… But it isn't [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can't delete a file - even when using unlocker I tried all the tools from the question How do I delete a 'locked' file?, and they didn't help. All the ...
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How do I delete a folder which is nested quite deep and avoid “File name too long”?

Eclipse created a temp folder in one of the directories which is nested quite deep, e.g. dir1\dir1\dir1\dir1\... I am unable to delete this folder in Windows via Explorer, the del or rmdir ...
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Delete all files older than 365 days, but exclude certain folders

Edit: After @Mbu answer I realized that my first approach with leading numbers in folders as criteria to exclude isn't the right way. I decided to use a fixed list of folders to exclude. I want to ...
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Automatic forward-deleting

First and foremost... please forgive my somewhat approximate English. (I'm French.) Oh and my loooooong sentences too (I need lots of words for little meaning when speaking foreign languages... plus ...
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How to completely delete my USB thumbstick? [closed]

I own a Kingston thumb-stick. I have installed a Google Chrome OS image to it, so I could try it out. When it did so, it created 3 partitions (I backed everything up and the software that installed ...
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Windows 8.1 VPN connection not deletable

something is really wrong with my Windows 8. I have a VPN connection for my company that can't be deleted. I can also not add any new VPN connections. And when I try to connect to the one configured ...
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Not able to delete a program

I am using a netbook of samsung with windows 7 starter service pack 1 32 bit. I am exhausted with a program known as 'Plugin.exe' i don't know how it came but whenever i start my program it opens up ...
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Folder is not deleting. How to delete this folder? [duplicate]

I am trying to delete "Games" folder. Folder size is huge. But it's not deleting. Even not showing a message. If I try to delete using cmd. But it shows another error. What should I do now?
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Why does this file apparently not exist when attempting to delete it?

A month or so back, I untarred the Linux source in a folder in Cygwin (I was curious as to whether or not it would compile with MinGW 'cause my other computer running Linux is a slow single core ...
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How to force windows to delete a directory that is in use? [duplicate]

I have a directory under C:\Users\myuser\.ssh and I need to delete it but Windows won't let me. From Windows explorer: From a Cygwin shell: myuser@mymachine /cygdrive/c/Users/myuser/.ssh $ rm -rf ...
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Windows 7, files reappear after deletion

I'm trying to delete some files from a folder. I've taken ownership of the files and the folder. When I delete these files Windows doesn't report any errors and deletes them. BUT, after I press F5 ...
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Unable to terminate process

I can't terminate some processes. It says "Access denied". I am the ultimate owner of the computer. How can I terminate such processed anyway? These are not system processes, these are file managers ...
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Why does “preparing to recycle” message take so long to complete? [duplicate]

On Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, I deleted a PDF download in C:\Users\Username\Downloads, and I received a message: Preparing to recycle and an "in progress" icon. It took about a minute for this ...
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Batch script to conditionally delete files

Owners of Nokia Lumia 1020 know it can be set to store captured photos at full resolution, but the reduced size photos are also stored. I would like to have a script to automatically delete all the ...
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Root Can't Delete Folder It Owns

Platform: CentOS 6.2 Shell: tcsh .............................................................................................................. EDIT 2 Brian Swift has pointed out a workable solution. ...
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Can't delete nested libraries file

So, the thing is - I installed Arduino some time ago, and all of a sudden it stopped working. I did som ressearch, but found no answers, until some days ago when I stumbled upon something ...
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Make a batch file find duplicate file names with different extensions, and actions on the results

What I want to do is have a batch file search folders, and subfolders, for matching file names that are ending in .mp3 and .wma and delete or move the *.wma duplicates. Below you'll find what I have ...
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Folder cannot be deleted

I am using Windows XP Home Edition. When I try to delete a folder I have named cygwin. When I try to delete it or any file or folder within it, there is a long pause, and then an error pops up, ...
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How to delete a file in all snapshots on a btrfs system?

I've set up a sophisticated backup scheme with hourly, daily, weekly, monthly backups that take up (thanks to the glory of the btrfs cow-filesystem) almost no extra space on the device. But ...
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How to use Terminal to delete all .svn folders recursively?

what command can I type into Terminal so that I can: delete all .svn folders within a folder (and from all subdirectories) but not delete anything else ?
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If the file deleted is not actually deleted, why does it take so long to recover it?

When a file is deleted on your computer, only a pointer to the file is deleted. If so, why does it take so long to recover it? I coincidentally format my flash drive which used to have about 500 GB of ...
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How to mass remove attachments in Thunderbird using Attachment Extractor?

I found the Attachment Extractor that should do exactly what I want--to delete attachments from selected or all emails. Unfortunately, after installing it and restarting Thunderbird, it did not work ...
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How can I delete folder named C: inside the E:/ drive? [duplicate]

Can anyone help me figure out how could I delete this folder named C: that was in a game folder. I tried deleting using FileShredder, and this created another series of folders that end up in a folder ...
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remapping DEL key with Right Alt

via Autohotkey I can remap many keys to be used in combination with Right Alt, but I cannot make it with the letter DEL RAlt & o:: Send {DEL} works for the first time but cannot be repeated ...
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Shortcut key for delete

My delete key is not working and I feel happy if I can create shortcut for both temporarily and permanently delete files using other keys.Can any one help me. Thanks in advance
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Deleting VMWare virtual disk?

Alright, so I think I may have made a mistake. I made a couple virtual machines, allocated them 60 gigs each, and then when I messed up I just went to the Virtual Machines folder and deleted them. ...
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Deleting a file with question marks in the name (another encoding) in Debian

I have a file with the name like ?????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ??????????.png in my directory. It seems to me that file was created under windows with russian name. I pulled it with ...
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Delete Windows-RE partitions

After an upgrade to Windows 8.1 in my dual boot system with Arch Linux, my Partition Table contains three partitions of type "Windows RE" (numbers 1, 6 and 11, see the output of gdisk -l /dev/sda ...
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Drives do not show up in Recycle Bin properties window, and $RECYCLE.BIN folder is NOT created, so I cannot allocate recycle bin space on them

This problem occurs on five computers in my office, spans three different PC models, and it suddenly occurred after using the computers without issue for about two years. All are in the same domain, ...
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Easy way to delete duplicate files in a folder in Windows 7

I have a folder with lots of images, where each image file has a duplicate file in the form abc.jpg and abc-1.jpg (where the latter is the duplicate file). Is there an easy way to select and delete ...
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“Invalid MS-DOS function” error message when deleting a file

I'm trying to delete files on Windows 8 and I get the following error message: Which translates to "Invalid MS-DOS function". If I try to SHIFT+DEL a file to skip the Recycle Bin it looks like the ...
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.ico File not deletable on Win7 x64,why?

I have a computer running WIndows 7 x64, and I recently noticed that Files with an extension .ico on USB sticks cannot be deleted. I then tried the same on another PC, and the .ico file was properly ...
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Folder refuses to be moved to Recycle Bin under Windows 7

I have a folder with files for the project I work with. I move it from my desktop to laptop and back, almost every day, depending on which machine I use it on at the time. The process of the move is ...
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Move files to directory instead of recycle bin

I want all deleted files (with DEL-key or context menu > delete) not to be moved to the Recycle Bin but to another directory (like "Deleted Files" for instance), thus changing the default behavior of ...