How to Display Delete Confirmation Dialog of Recycle Bin

By default, when you delete an item in Windows 10, it will go directly to the Recycle Bin and you won’t see any confirmation popup.

If you want a confirmation pop-up, then follow these steps:

Hit Arrow in the Delete option. You can find this one in the “Home” tab in the ribbon.

Hit the “Show recycle confirmation” option.

That’s all.

You can reverse it at any time by following the steps above.

Listed below are alternative ways to accomplish the same task.

Method #1

Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop or right-click the empty space in the Recycle Bin.

Hit Properties.

Enable Display delete confirmation dialog.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Keep in mind that you can reverse it at any time by following the steps above but disable it instead of enabling it.

Method #2

Press Windows + R, type regedit and then press Enter key. Hit Yes in the pop-up.

I suggest you backup the Registry before proceeding.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Now, right-click on the right pane blank space. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Provide name as ConfirmFileDelete and then press the Enter key.

Double-click on it and provide 1 in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button. Restart your PC.

That’s all.

If you want to reverse, delete the DWORD or provide its value as 0.

Method #3

Open the Run Command Box by pressing Windows + R. Type gpedit.msc and then hit the Enter key.

In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

On the right pane, locate and double-click “Display confirmation dialog when deleting files.”

Select Enabled and hit the OK button.

That’s it.

If you want to reverse it, follow the steps above but select Not Configured or Disabled.


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