How to Enable the Delete Confirmation Dialog in Windows 8

By Taylor Gibb on August 24th, 2012


If you have just switched to Windows 8, or are about to, and find yourself constantly sending files to the recycle bin by mistake, it’s probably because Microsoft disabled the delete confirmation dialog, here’s how to re-enable it.

Enabling the Delete Confirmation Dialog

Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and select Properties from the context menu.


You need to check the box near the bottom of the Properties dialog that enables the confirmation dialog.


If you now go try and delete something you will immediately be asked if you really want to send the item(s) to the recycle bin.


That’s all there is to it, remember if you want to delete something without sending it to the recycle bin you can always use the Shift + Delete keyboard combination.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 08/24/12
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