How to Delete a File at the Command Prompt

Though largely antiquated, the standard DOS command prompt has still managed to ship with every version of Windows, including the new Windows 7. This is because, though it is slightly harder to learn than the point-and-click environment of the Windows desktop, it is by far a faster, more-efficient tool capable of several tasks all in one window.

Step

Click on the Windows "Start" button in the lower left side of the desktop.

Step

Click the "Run" button on the resulting menu that pops up.

Step

Type "CMD" in the text box that appears after clicking "Run."

Step

Using the command prompt, navigate to the folder that holds your file to be deleted.

Step

Type "Del," then the full name of the file you wish to delete. For example, "Del car.jpg" would delete a picture file called "car.jpg."