This is going to be a tutorial for advanced registry tweaker. If you want to add a delete button to your Windows Explorer to quickly delete files (I personally prefer shortcuts) then here’s a detailed guide how to add it.

Add delete button to Windows 7 Explorer

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The following tutorial will modify system-critical registry keys. You need to make a backup before proceeding with this. If you don’t know how to backup your registry, read this: How to backup registry

If you run into any problems, please read the instructions carefully again. Most problems you can run into are explained. If not, please post a comment.

1. Step Open an elevated registry editor. To do so, enter regedit into the search field on your Start menu and right-click on regedit.exe at the top and click on Run as administrator

2. Step Uncollapse HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes

3. Step Select the registry folder FolderTypes in the left pane

4. Step Next, we are going to jump to registry subfolders by enterting a string. This is just an example. Enter {5c4f on your keyboard. Yes, you need to actually type that in as you normally would .. CTRL + ALT + 7, then 5 + c + 4 + f. If you type too slow it won’t work!

5. Step Jump to the folder {5c4f28b5-f869-4e84-8e60-f11db97c5cc7} by entering the first keys while the folder FolderTypes is still selected or find it manually.

6. Step Right-click on the folder {5c4f28b5-f869-4e84-8e60-f11db97c5cc7} and click on Permissions
Change Registry Key Permissions

7. Step Click on Advanced

Advanced permissions registry

8. Step Go to the tab Owner, select your username, check Replace owner of subcontainers and objects. Then click on Apply to take ownership:

Take Ownership of Registry

9. Step Select the user account Administrators and check Full Control:

Registry Key Full Control

10. Step If you get the following error: Unable to save permission changes: Access denied then you need to repeat step 7-8 and read it MORE carefully.

Unable to save permission changes: Access denied

11. Repeat steps 7-9 for the keys:


12. Download this registry key: Delete button for Windows Explorer

If you prefer to do it manually, you may copy and paste the registry code at the end of the post into a notepad, save as .reg file and then execute it.

13. Double-click on the registry file to execute it and confirm all prompts with Yes.

12. Reboot

13. You have successfully added a Delete button to the Windows 7 Explorer!

Add delete button to Windows 7 Explorer

Enjoy your new delete button. It is possible to remove buttons from the Windows Explorer and/or add other buttons. If you have any ideas what other buttons should be added to the Windows explorer, let me know.

The delete button only moves the files to the Recycle bin, it does not fully delete files. You can use the shortcut SHIFT + DEL to fully delete files and skipping the recycle bin, that way you can save a lot of disk space!

You may post any questions below and you will get an answer as soon as possible. Usually takes a day for me to reply to all comments, so please be patient and work on something else for the moment :)

; :: Registry code in the .reg file ::

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; General Items (Generic) folder templates


; Videos folder templates


; Documents folder templates


; Music folder templates


; Pictures folder templates


; General (Generic) library folder


; Videos library folder


; Documents library folder


; Music library folder


; Pictures library folder


Info: The [-HKEY ..] removes registry keys. It will remove TasksItemsSelected and adds a registry key for the Delete Button (0\Delete)