How to Enable Delete Confirmation Dialog Box in Windows 8 and Later?

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8.1 and later.

A few months back when Windows 8 was under development and no testing build of Windows 8 was released to public, we told you that Microsoft is going to disable the delete confirmation dialog box in Windows 8:

Windows 8 Recycle Bin Will Not Warn You When You Delete a File

In previous Windows versions, whenever you delete a file or folder, Windows asks for your confirmation before moving it to Recycle Bin but Microsoft has removed this confirmation dialog from Windows 8. In Windows 8 as soon as you press the "Delete" key, the selected file or folder is automatically deleted and moved to Recycle Bin without any confirmation prompt.

Many Windows 8 users like this move but there are some other people who are not liking this step. They want to bring back the delete confirmation dialog in Windows 8.


If you also want to re-enable delete confirmation dialog in Windows 8, following steps will help you:

1. Right-click on Recycle Bin icon on Desktop and select Properties.

2. Now enable "Display delete confirmation dialog" option and apply the changes.


3. That's it. It'll re-enable the confirmation dialog box and now Windows will always ask for your confirmation before moving a file or folder to Recycle Bin.

UPDATE: A few readers have reported that the above mentioned option "Display delete confirmation dialog" is grayed out in their Windows. In other words, the option is disabled and can't be enabled by users. In such case, it might be possible that the option was disabled by the Administrator or other users intentionally or accidentally using Group Policy or Windows Registry. If you are facing similar problem, you can enable or disable this option using group policy or Registry as mentioned in following steps:

Turn Delete Confirmation Prompt On / Off Using Group Policy Editor

1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box, then type gpedit.msc and press Enter. It'll open Group Policy Editor.

2. Now go to:

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer / File Explorer

3. In right-side pane, double-click on "Display confirmation dialog when deleting files" option and set its value to "Enabled" to enable the confirmation dialog box or set it to "Disabled" to disable confirmation dialog box.

Turn Delete Confirmation Prompt On / Off Using Registry Editor

If you are using Home edition of Windows OS, you'll not be able to run gpedit.msc command because this edition doesn't come with Group Policy Editor. But you can enable Group Policy Editor in this edition using this tutorial.

If you can't use or don't want to use Group Policy Editor, you can take help of Registry Editor for the same task. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD ConfirmFileDelete and set its value to 1 to enable confirmation dialog box or set it to 0 to disable confirmation dialog box.

Simple, isn't it? So do you also want the confirmation dialog back or happy with no confirmation prompt?


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  • Thank you sir. I had a hard time in enabling that option. I am sure it will help many Windows 8 users.

  • I also knew it but I know many people will find it useful.

  • rest in peace windows 8. Windows 7 for the winners.

  • awesome. but this trick also appeared in Windows 7...

  • Absolutely happy without confirmation dialog!

    P.S. RIP Win7

  • Cool! I tried in Win 7. It worked.
    Thanks.. :)

  • thanks, been looking for the solution since i use win 8

  • Thanks Sir :) I had very tough time in finding this...

  • Thanks a lot. With this my preinstalled WINDOWS 8 laptop now works more like WINDOWS XP, which i miss a lot.

  • Thank you Sir, worked for me as well, Don't know why windows 8 keep it disable by default.

  • Thanks for this tip! I always prefer a delete confirmation for everything.

  • Thanks for the tip - Helps to confirm before deleting...:)

  • I like to be double sure about deleting anything because what if you hit the delete key by accident. Everyone should use it - especially for non-power users because they are afraid of anything to begin with and if some file just disappears by accident they are lost. Confirmation is the best way to deal with that scenario. The default for Win 8 for this should be that it is turned ON not off and let those that don't want it turn it off. Bad move by the M engineers.
    Thanks for the tip - I knew it had to be somewhere.

  • Thank you very much for this helpful tip. I tend to be delete happy, so I need a stopper. Thank you more than I can say. There are a lot of changes in Win 8.

  • thank you for this!! I think it is a mistake not to use the dialog warning becuase delete is right above rename on the menu, i have found that i have deleted alot of files that i didnt mean to just because i was not paying attention or hit the wrong button! big mistake if you dont want to loose wanted files!!! yes its quicker but its not quicker to have to constantly check your recycle bin to make sure you did not delete something by accident..which is what i had to do each time I wanted to clean it thanks to you I have it set right again!!!!!!!!!! awesome!!

  • Thanks BUDDY ! just had to look at the images.. N i was sorted...!!

  • I was beginning to worry about accidentally deleting a file but this tip helped me. Thank you

  • thank you very . It will helps many users .

  • Oh, thank the heavens! God bless you, sir. :P

  • thank you very helps me.. and i hope this process will also help other people..

  • I have Windows 8.1 and have tried to stop delete confirmation dialog box popping up but cannot un- tick the box next to Display delete confirmation dialog as it is grayed out. Any ideas? as this seems contrary to your opening statement.

    regards E Swan

  • VG

    ^^ Please check the tutorial again. I have updated it to address your problem.

  • Hey man, thank you so much. At least this way I won't delete any file accidentally.

  • I deleted some files by accident, then realised that there wasn't a dialogue warning box, I just followed the first method you showed here, so simple to follow and it works - many thanks.

  • Thanks for the clear instructions!! Just what I was looking for!!

  • You can also enable the confirmation through the Ribbon. On the Delete menu, select the last option.

  • Thanks yaa... really useful.. i was confused whether it was my laps problem..

  • Thanks I have many times deleted a file accidentally and had a hard time to find it, only to find it in a recycle bin

  • Just purchased a new laptop and using the Windows 8.1 for the first time. I was disappointed by this feature. Thanks for giving the simple way in a concise manner. :)

  • Thank you! This answer was the first link I clicked on. It is nice to have an answer so quickly without having to search for hours. THANKS!

  • Thanks for the tip! I need that option enable or else I will delete myself one day for being so careless! XD

  • THANK YOU!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just wanted to add my own enormous THANK YOU!!!!
    Such a strange choice to remove that functionality.

  • Thanks so much! A great help. My computer seems to be super sensitive, and so I accidentally deleted a huge folder full of stuff a few months back. Since it was my only copy as it was on an external I was mildly frustrated to say the least. Hopefully won't have to risk that happening again.

  • When I found that windows 8 made the deletion of files without asking to confirm was scaring that I may accidentally delete unintended. Windows help was not of any use to suggest the same remedy you have pointed. Thanks a lot

  • i was frusteted with this problem. but when i search about this problem i really love it.

    Thanks a Lot Sir posting this type of answer.

    Love you suggestions.

    thanks once again

  • I had to try this with Regedit but the map in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer doesn't exist in my Windows 8.1.

    I tried making the DWORD in
    AND in
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies
    but that doesn't work even after restart.

    DWORD has the value 0x00000001 (1) . I assume that's correct for not having to confirm deleting.

    Is there anything else I can try?

  • VG

    ^^ If the key doesnt exist, manually create Explorer key under Policies and then create new DWORD.

  • Thanks for this quick and easy fix! I'd rather take the extra second to press 'enter' than to spit through my Recycle Bin when I accidentally delete files and can't use Ctrl+z anymore! ;)

  • It worked on 8. thank you, like Patricia said, i feel better now

  • This problem always makes me crazy! Why do these kind of options change automatically after updating windows?!!!
    Any ways, Thanks a lot for sharing this point.

  • To enable delete confirmation run follow:

    Reg.exe add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /v "ShellState" /t REG_BINARY /d "240000003a28000000000000000000000000000001000000130000000000000072000000" /f

  • Thank you! This worked and was very easy. It works in Windows 10 too, by the way.

  • Great article - I didn't like not having the confirmation message

  • thanku ser for this tutorial its work properly

  • Thank you sir, was too lazy to look for it myself :P

  • Ugg, so glad I don't have windows 8 anymore.

  • Thank you, why windows 10 keep it disable by default? It is comfortable for me when Enable Delete Confirmation. Thanks.

  • Thank you. Was very helpful.

  • Thank you. It suddenly stopped alerting me. Glad to have this info. Have not got it back. :)

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