Entering the name of every file or folder you want to delete is not always practical.
Work smarter not harder.
You can delete every file that begins with a set of characters by using a wildcard.
Wildcards are special symbols that take the place of characters or words.
The most commonly used wildcard is the asterix.
Typing “Del” followed by a set of characters that is shared among the names of the files we want to delete and an asterix, will delete all of them.
Every file that begins with the word “File” will be deleted.
To delete a set of folders instead, simply replace the Del command with Rmdir.
Similarly you can delete only files of a specific type by specifying its extension before a wildcard. With the following command for example, we can delete every text file in our current directory.
We can even delete every file or folder by using a wildcard, all by itself.
Here is an example using the Rmdir command:
Rmdir /S "*"
Every folder in your current directory will be deleted along with any contents within it.
Be careful when deleting files and folders, the wrong command can easily delete important files and folders.