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DEL / ERASE

Deletes one or more files.

DEL [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names
ERASE [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names

names     Specifies a list of one or more files or directories. Wildcards may be used to delete multiple files. If a directory is specified, all files within the directory will be deleted.

/P            Prompts for confirmation before deleting each file.
/F            Force deleting of read-only files.
/S            Delete specified files from all subdirectories.
/Q           Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to delete on global wildcard
/A           Selects files to delete based on attributes
attributes R    Read-only files                     S    System files
               H    Hidden files                         A     Files ready for archiving
               I     Not content indexed Files     L     Reparse Points
               - Prefix meaning not

If Command Extensions are enabled DEL and ERASE change as follows:

The display semantics of the /S switch are reversed in that it shows you only the files that are deleted, not the ones it could not find.

Examples

del *.tmp /q

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