Recursively Delete Files and Retain Folders in Windows

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I was trying to delete all files in the current directory and all subdirectories, while keeping the directory structure intact. I found that I could use the following DOS command to recursively delete files, and NOT touch the directories:

ending in .doc

del /s *.doc

Do note though, that ALL files with the extension doc will be deleted. You can change .doc to something else, .mp3 .pdf .wav .am .rm .txt, it’s all up to you. If you require confirmation before deleting, you can have the del command prompt for confirmation before deleting each file by modifying the command slightly:

del /s /p *.doc

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By Alvin Poh

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I've over 17 years of entrepreneurship experience, having built a tech company to be the top in the country, which was subsequently acquired for an 8-figure sum. As CEO, I led the company through robust growth to 150 employees across 4 countries. After the acquisition, I embraced minimalism, sold off my personal possessions, and started living around the world.

Read more about my story here.