To save space on your disk, Windows lets you delete files that you do not need. You can use your keyboard or mouse for deleting the files. If you are using your mouse, right-click on the file that you want to delete and select the Delete option. As simple as that! What if the Delete option is not there in the right-click context menu? Some users experienced this issue on their Windows 11/10 computers. You can still use your keyboard to delete the files, but the Delete option should be in the right-click context menu because this is a Windows feature. In this article, we will see the ways that you can use if the Delete option is missing in the right-click context menu on your Windows 11/10 device.
The Delete option is available in the right-click context menu. In Windows 11, the Delete option is also available on the Ribbon in File Explorer. After selecting the files, you can delete them by clicking on the Delete option available on the ribbon in Windows 11 File Explorer or by using the right-click context menu.
Delete option is missing in the right-click context menu on Windows 11/10
If the Delete option is missing in the right-click context menu on Windows 11/10, use the fixes provided below to resolve the issue. Before you proceed, we suggest you check for Windows Updates manually and install the same (if available). Sometimes, a minor bug causes issues on a Windows computer. These kinds of problems can be fixed simply by restarting the computer. Restart your computer and see if the issue is fixed. If not, use the following fixes.
- Check if you are deleting a folder from Quick AccessWindows File and Folder TroubleshooterRepair your system filesRun a Chkdsk scanCreate a new user accountPerform a System RestorePerform Reset This PC operation.
Let’s see all these fixes in detail.
1] Check if you are deleting a folder from Quick Access?
Quick Access is the menu available on the left side in File Explorer on Windows 11/10. It provides the users with the facility to open the folders directly and quickly. The folders that you open most of the time are shown in Quick Access automatically. However, you can also pin the folders to the Quick Access menu.Do note that, if you are deleting the folder from Quick Access, you will not see the Delete option in the right-click context menu. The folders shown in Quick Access cannot be deleted. Instead, you can remove and unpin them (if you have pinned them earlier).Instead of deleting the folders from Quick Access, you can use either Unpin or Remove option.
2] Windows File and Folder Troubleshooter
3] Repair your system files
4] Run a Chkdsk scan
Chkdsk is a utility that scans a disk for errors and fixes the errors (if detected). If you are experiencing the issue on a particular hard drive partition, there might be some bad sectors or errors on that hard drive partition. Run the Chkdsk scan and see if it brings any changes.
5] Create a new user account
6] Perform a System Restore
System Restore is a useful tool for Windows 11/10 users. If this tool is turned on, Windows creates restore points automatically. These restore points are stored date-wise on your system. Using these restore points, you can take your system back to the previous working state if any problem occurs.
When you perform System Restore, you will see different restore points with the date on which they were created. Select that restore point before which the problem did not exist.
7] Perform Reset This PC operation
If none of the above fixes resolved the issue, perform the Reset This PC operation. This is the method to repair Windows operating system without uninstalling the currently installed Windows OS or erasing users’ data.
I hope this helps.
How do I change delete options in Windows 11?
When you delete a file or folder in Windows 11, it shows a confirmation box. After confirming, the file or folder will be sent to the Recycle Bin. You can change the delete options if you do not want to send the files to the Recycle Bin or if you do not want to see this delete confirmation box.
Read next: How to delete Files & Folders that cannot be deleted using ForceDelete.