Enable the Windows 8 delete file confirmation dialog

Updated: Same instructions for Windows 10

You may find that in Windows 8 / Windows 10, when you delete a file, you don't get prompted to confirm whether you want to delete it or not.  If you press SHIFT+DELETE then you will get prompted. However, if you want to re-enable the delete file confirmation dialog, you can do so by right-clicking on your RECYCLE BIN and then clicking PROPERTIES.  From there, you can check the DISPLAY DELETE CONFIRMATION DIALOG checkbox and hit APPLY.



Comments (46)

  1. hoss says:

    thank you

  2. User says:

    Thank you so much

  3. Another user says:

    Thanks for this valuable information.  I've been looking for this switch in the many places and in the Control Panel items and found none.  So glad you posted this info here.  Thank you!!

  4. Faizan says:

    thank you so much to sharing such a informative help for me.

  5. Awesome says:

    Excellent thanks for the quick fix!

  6. Mayank says:

    Thank you so much

  7. Vidyasagar says:

    Thanks for the tip.

    But why MS changed the default behavior?

  8. madenwal says:

    Don't know why they changed it :/

  9. rajesh says:

    thanks a lot

  10. imaster.in says:

    Thank you so much

  11. aditya says:

    Thanks a lot !

  12. anji says:

    thank Q useful info.

  13. Paresh says:

    Thanks for this info 🙂

  14. Someone_passing_by says:

    Much appreciated, thank you!

  15. kebz says:

    thanks bro!

  16. Mike says:

    Thanks, Mohammed. Seems like a pretty strange default setting for such a new feature, after all these years.

  17. Din says:

    thank you very much.

  18. Rivu says:

    really it is too much helpful…..thnx… 🙂

  19. Steven says:

    Very useful and clearly explained.

  20. Babul says:

    Very helful

  21. zia says:

    thanks a lot

  22. Johno says:

    Thank you and so simple. why is this not thedefault for W8?

  23. AntRhonda says:

    Like others I looked all over my Win8 laptop & queried help with every keyword I could think of to try to reverse this insane decision on the part of Win8 designers. Is no one at Windows aware deletions from removable storage just go away forever, so that an accidental deletion (and what is easier on a touch screen device?) can be absolute disaster? Not too swift, guys.

    They couldn't have put the "enable confirm" in a more unlikely place if they'd thought it out with both hands! Thank you so much for posting this.

  24. Moeen says:

    Thank you very much.  Saved my time.  Stay blessed!!

  25. Ez says:

    thank you! this is going to cause problems! lots of files are going to accidentally be lost.

  26. SAW24 says:

    Windows 10, your method works fine. Thank you!!!

  27. GP says:

    The Recycle Bin is probably the right "place" where to manage this feature, but I wasn't so clever to find it… Thank you.  

  28. Anna says:

    Been searching the internet.  Best response!!! Awesome, well done.

  29. Nick says:

    Thank you! Was irritating me on W10!

  30. .... says:

    Thank you!!!

  31. Latif says:

    Thank you for this little but very helpful information.

  32. Daniel says:

    Thanks for this info!

    I think the change does make sense though, considering the recycle bin is there for exactly that reason, to prevent accidental deletions. I'm a creature of habit though, and am too used to it from 20 years of using Windows =) A second confirmation is not really necessary, especially because you learn in HCI that a confirmation immediately after giving the command is not usually going to help anyway, because people just confirm that they really wanted to issue that command…

    I think it still confirms by default if files are not just moved to a recycle bin, though, such as for some external storage, depending on its configuration. So I can't confirm AntRhonda's concern, it seems to work fine. However, I do agree that the positioning of the setting is a bit weird. There are already so many settings dialogues related to Explorer, who would've thought that the Recycle Bin would get its own exclusive ones now, too.

  33. Silvermoon says:

    Thank you Mohammed Adenwala. 😉 Fast and effective. Blessings

  34. Pochola says:

    This is very helpful. Thank you so much.

  35. Lionel says:

    Extremely useful – thank you very much. (Why MS disabled the default prompt after so many years is beyond me. 'If it ain't broke … break it!')

  36. Sam Misbah says:

    thanks so much

  37. Prima says:

    Thank you so much..This is very helpful..

  38. Wayne says:

    Thanks a lot u r a life saver

  39. Natalia says:

    Yes, it’s a problem!

  40. marc black says:

    My box has remained unchecked, and then manually checked and unchecked, since I updated and I STILL Get the dialog box. I do Not want to have to confirm every single thing I delete. How do I make Windows pay attention to the UNCHECKED Box? ;(

  41. jamsheer says:


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