How to Remove Folders From a Computer

By Brenda Priddy

You can use two methods to remove folders from a computer. One way deletes the folders permanently, and the other moves the folders to another location, such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive. Removing folders permanently will free up hard drive space, but you should only delete folders you do not need, rather than essential folders. When in doubt, it is best to leave the folders. Moving folders to an external hard drive or USB drive saves them for future use.

Delete Permanently

Step 1

Open the "My Computer" or "Computer" folder located on the Start menu. Click on the file folder that contains the folders you wish to delete. Many folders are housed in the "Program Files" folder.

Step 2

Open the folder that contains the folders you wish to delete. Select the folders you want to delete by holding down the "Shift" key and clicking on the folder names. Hit the "Delete" button on the keyboard, or right-click on the folders and select the "Delete" option. Usually the computer will ask if you want to delete the files. Click "Yes" or "OK" to delete the folders from the computer.

Step 3

Open the recycle bin on the computer desktop. Click the button inside the recycle bin to permanently delete the files. Click "Yes" on the prompt that asks if you want to delete the files.

Move to New Location

Step 1

Plug an external hard drive or USB drive into the USB port on the back or front of your computer. If you have an external hard drive, make sure it is plugged into an electrical outlet.

Step 2

Open the "My Computer" folder located in the Start menu. Click on the external or USB drive (usually your computer will show the brand name of the drive or say that it is an external drive).

Step 3

Open another "My Computer" tab without closing the first window. Arrange the windows so they sit side-by-side and you can see inside both.

Step 4

Locate the folders you want to move to the external drive. Most folders are inside the "Program Files" folder.

Step 5

Right-click on a folder you want to move. Select the "Cut" option and click on it. Click on the external drive window. Right-click anywhere inside the window, select the "Paste" option and click on it. Wait for the files to transfer. Continue to transfer all the folders you want to remove from your computer.