Have you seen the message telling you that the files you want to delete is in use? Then, what do you do to fulfill the goal? I guess almost all the people will close the files and then try to delete them again. Of course, that is the most traditional and simple way. But, sometimes you may find it really a trouble to do that. Well, why bother? Let me tell some methods to delete the files in use with ease on your Windows computer.
Method 1. Compel the file in use to close itself
If the file is hard to close, for example, it belongs to a kind of game which is large, you can use this method. But remember, when you use this method, make sure that there is no unsaved data on your computer, in case it will turn out to be in vain.
Step 1. Right-click on the task bar at the bottom of your Windows computer.
Step 2. Tap on the “Start Task Manager” option from the menu.
Step 3. On the “Windows Task Manager” window, go to the “Processes” section.
Step 4. Find the file that you want to delete from the displayed list. And then right-click on it.
Step 5. Choose the “End Process” or “End Process Tree” option.
Step 6. The you may need to confirm the information before it stops the process on the pop-up box.
Step 7. Then, soon after that, the file is stopped. And then you can delete it without hassle.
Method 2. With the Command Prompt
The Command Prompt is excellent in the effectiveness when you want to delete some files, including the one being in use. Now, let us see how to use it.
Step 1. Power on your computer, and then find the folder containing the file that you want to delete. Just stop there instead of entering.
Step 2. Now you need to press the “Shift” key and then right-click on the folder.
Step 3. From the menu, tap on the “Open command window here” option or simply press the “W” key on the keyboard. After that you will see the window of the Command Prompt pop up. But it is not the elevated one.
Step 4. On the window, you need to input the command line like this: “DEL /F” and the press the “ENTER” key on the keyboard. And immediately, the file on use will be deleted. As for the command line above, if the name of the file is “spring” and the format is “.txt”, you need to input the command line like this: “DEL /F spring.txt”.
Step 5. Close the window of the Command Prompt after the file is deleted.
Tip: Please pay attention to the name of the file that you input. Because once you delete the file with the command line, it will be removed for good, and you can never recover it.
Method 3. With a third party tool — Unlocker
The Unlocker can help you delete the file in use far more easier compared to the the two methods mentioned above. And as a free application, the functions of it is so powerful that it has so large a user group. Let me walk you through this tool in the following passages.
Step 1. Launch your Window computer. And then connect it with a steady network.
Step 2. Run a browser on your computer. It can be any browser that you like. And then use the search feature to search for the “Unlocker” on the Internet.
Step 3. Then download this tool on your computer, and install it according to the installation wizard. You can install it on the Windows computer including the Windows 7 and 8. Or you can install it on some portable devices.
Step 4. After that, find the file that you want to delete but is still in use on your computer.
Step 5. Right click on the file.
Step 6. From the menu, choose the “Unlocker”.
Step 7. Then, you can see the User Account Control confirmation window of the Unlocker on your screen. Click on “OK” to confirm the information to continue to the next step.
Step 8. See the listed files on the primary window of the Unlocker? You can now, choose the one that you want to delete.
Step 9. On the bottom of the primary, find and tap on the “Unlock” button to unlock the file so that you can stop it. Or you can click on the “Kill Process” button to stop the process with the file.
Step 10. Now, right click on the file on the primary window again to choose the “Delete” option.
Step 11. And soon, it will be deleted after you confirm the final information.
Method for restore the file deleted by accident
Because the file you unlock with the Unlocker will simply be transferred to the recycle bin on your computer, you can restore it if you have deleted it by accident. Here is the tutorial for you.
Step 1. Go to the recycle bin on your computer.
Step 2. Find the file that you want to restore.
Step 3. Right-click on the file.
Step 4. Choose the “Restore” on the menu.
If the file is not in the recycle, but instead, it is removed forever. But be so discouraged. There is always a way out. You can use the Wondershare Data Recovery, which is a professional tool for data recovery on your computer. It can help you restore the files which have been removed from your computer. And there are two versions of this tool, both for the Windows computer and the Mac computer. And it is really easy to use. Just give it a try!