How To Get Rid of An O Length File

An “o length file” is a common nickname for a potentially annoying file that does not seem to go away when you try to delete it. Usually it is stored in your temporary internet files folder on your computer, and getting rid of it can be a pain.

However, if you know the correct procedure for removal of O files they are easier removed. Simple computer command prompts work for this purpose, but of course you need to know exactly where on your PC to go to do this .


1. Determine whether deleting the file is necessary. If it is a O size file and you have an extremely large computer hard drive you may not even need to delete it. You could go to “My Computer” and set your mouse cursor on “Local Disk (C:)” which may otherwise be accessible as simply “C:/” or similar indicator that it is your hard drive.

Right click on the “C” drive shortcut icon and then go to “Properties.” This is where all your computer specs will be, including your hard drive space. (Sometimes it may also say for example “400 GB free of “500 GB” right under the shortcut icon.

Some computers have a pie graph indicated how much of your hard drive space you have used. If there is 50% or more left of free hard drive space it may not be necessary to delete this very small O file.

2. Open the file before you try to delete it. In most cases you are more than likely to have opened the file you want to remove from your computer. However, if you want to once more make absolutely sure you want it deleted then this is the time to do so.

3. Back up the file (just in case.) This may seem unnecessary if you are trying to delete it. However, do not be fooled, as some of the smallest files sometimes are the most important. You should back up the file just in case you did delete it and then later realized you should not have done so. Backing it up is good especially if it is a driver file extension you later found out you accidentally deleted. However, it is good to back it up even if it is a .txt, .doc, or other word processing file.

This is a good practice just in case you later have a hard time finding a replacement driver or file extension on the web. Sometimes this is necessary if you have a slightly older hardware or software program you still want to operate.

4. Access the file you want to delete from the “Start” menu. First click on “Start” then go to “All Programs” and when you are in that folder click on “Accessories.” Then, choose the “Command Prompt” option in the “Accessories” folder.

5. Type in “cd” in the appropriate place, and then press “Enter”. Usually you would type “cd” and then add the directory path prompt. One common example: “cd mark\documents\” (without the quotes). After you accomplished this, press “Enter.”

6. Delete the file. Usually you can do this by typing “del” and the name of the file and file extension into the appropriate field. For example if you want to delete “dogs1.doc” you would type “del dogs1.doc.”

7. Confirm action of deletion. You may be asked to confirm “yes or no” if you want to delete the file. If you are sure you are deleting the right file you can press “yes” and then press the “Enter” key again.