How to Enable Delete Confirmation Dialog Box in Windows 8

With the guidelines in this post, one can enable/disable the delete confirmation dialog box in windows 8 and 8.1 in all folders other than the Recycle Bin. Unlike other versions of windows where there's a prompt for the user to confirm if they really want a file or folder to be deleted, this feature on windows 8 and 8.1 has been disabled by default. As you must have also noticed, Once a user hits or clicks delete, the file is deleted and transferred directly to the recycle bin without the confirmation dialog box coming up. To enable the delete Confirmation Dialog Box in Windows 8 and 8.1, follow the steps listed below.

Any of the methods listed below can be used to enable the disabled delete warning dialog box which prevents accidental deletion of data in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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Enable/Disable Delete Confirmation Prompt Using Registry Editor

  • Click on "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box.
  • Type  regedit in RUN dialog box .
  • Click on 'OK' to open the registry. (Select 'yes' if a prompt comes up to allow access to the registry).
  • Navigate to this key below:

  • Right click on 'explorer', then select 'New'.
  • Click on Dword (32-bit) value.
  • Set the name as ConfirmFileDelete 
  • Hit the enter key.
  • In the dialog box that appears, set its value to 1 to enable confirmation dialog box or set it to 0 to disable confirmation dialog box.

 Enable/Disable Delete Confirmation Dialog Box Using Recycle Bin

  • Navigate to the recycle bin.
  • Click on 'manage' tab.
  • Click on 'Recycle Bin Properties'.
  • Tick the option 'display delete confirmation dialog'.
  • Click on 'Ok' to save changes.


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