How to delete large folders (super) fast on Windows 11

Do you have a folder with a lot of files? If so, use these instructions to delete it quickly on Windows 11.

Windows 11 delete large folders quickly
Windows 11 delete large folders quickly

When deleting folders with a large number of files on Windows 11, using File Explorer can be a time-consuming process. This is because the system performs calculations and displays the progress update as files and folders are being deleted. As a result, deleting a folder with thousands of files and subfolders can take a long time.

If you’re trying to delete folders with many files, you can speed up the process to only a few seconds using commands. The only caveat is that you need to be comfortable using Command Prompt.

This guide will teach you the fastest method to delete large folders through Command Prompt and the instructions to add an option on the right-click context menu to automate the process.

Warning: Specifying the wrong path may delete files in the wrong location, so use these instructions carefully. Also, it’s important to mention that modifying the Registry can cause serious problems if not used properly. It’s assumed you know what you’re doing and created a full backup of your system before proceeding. You have been warned.

Delete large folders fast from Command Prompt

To delete large folders on Windows 11 quickly, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to navigate to the folder to delete and press Enter:


    In the command, update the path to the folder you have to delete.

  4. Type the following command to delete the files in that folder without showing the output and press Enter:

    del /f/q/s *.* > nul

    In the command, the /f option forces the deletion of read-only files. The /q option enables quiet mode. The /s option executes the command for all files inside the folder you’re trying to remove. Using *.* tells the del command to remove every file and > nul disables the console output, improving the deletion performance.

  5. Type the following command to back up one level in the folder path and press Enter:

  6. Type the following command to delete the folder and all its subfolders, and press Enter:

    rmdir /q/s FOLDER-NAME

    In the command, the /q switch enables quiet mode, the /s option to run the command on all the folders, and “FOLDER-NAME” is the variable to specify to delete a specific folder.

    Windows 11 command delete large folders

Once you complete the steps, all the files and folders in the location will be deleted quickly from the computer.

Delete large folders fast from context menu

Alternatively, to delete larger folders even faster, it’s possible to create a script and modify the Registry to add a new entry in the right-click context menu to delete folders with a lot of files quickly.

To delete large folders quickly from the right-click context menu on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Notepad, right-click the top result, and choose the Run as administrator option.

  3. Copy and paste the following lines into the Notepad text file:

    ECHO Delete Folder: %CD%?
    CD /
    DEL /F/Q/S "%FOLDER%" > NUL
  4. Click on File.

  5. Select the Save As option.

  6. Browse to the following path: C:\Windows

  7. Save the file as quick_delete.bat, and ensure it uses the “.bat” extension. 

    Windows 11 script delete large folders

  8. Open Start.

  9. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the app.

  10. Browse the following path:

  11. Right-click the Shell (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

    Windows 11 Shell Registry key

  12. Name the key Fast Delete and press Enter.

  13. Right-click the newly created key, select New, and click on Key.

  14. Name the key command and press Enter.

  15. Double-click the command key default String on the right side.

  16. Change the value of the key with the following line.

    cmd /c "cd %1 && quick_delete.bat"

    Windows 11 command to delete folders fast

  17. Click the OK button

After you complete the steps, you can “Shift + right-click” a large folder and select the “Fast Delete” option from the legacy context menu to remove it from the system.

When using this method, the system will show a prompt to prevent accidental deletion. You can always proceed by pressing any key, using the “Ctrl + C” keyboard shortcut, or clicking the “X” button to cancel the operation.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].