Want to clear up some space on your drive? You can make the process much easier by using the command line. Here's how to do it for Windows and Mac users.
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Using the command prompt (Windows) or terminal (Mac) is especially useful if you want to delete files of a particular format or type. The basic command used is
del for Windows, and
rm for Macs.
On Windows, to open the command prompt, type Windows-R to bring up the Run dialog, type
cmd into the dialog, then hit Enter. If you want to make sure that you're in a specific directory, Shift-right click and choose 'Open command window here'. On Mac, hit Command-Space to access spotlight and type 'Terminal'.
ITo delete an individual file in the current directory, just type the command followed by the name of the file:
del IHateThisFile.txt (Windows)
rm IHateThisFile.txt (Mac)
You can also specify multiple files by separating their names with spaces. However, for individual files, you're probably better off staying in Explorer or Finder.
Things get interesting when you start introducing wildcards, using the * symbol. Let's say you want to delete any item in a folder that starts with the word Pineapple. You could use this command to delete them all very quickly:
del Pineapple* (Windows)
rm Pineapple* (Mac)
You can do the same for specific file types.
del *.jpg (Windows)
rm *.jpg (Mac)
Wildcards can wipe out lots of files really fast and save you a lot of time.
These commands have lots of other tweaks you can use to target files. In Windows, type
del /? to see all the alternatives you can use. On Mac, type
man rm for a similiar list.
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