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The KILL statement deletes a file designated by a STRING value or variable.


KILL fileSpec$

  • fileSpec$ is a literal or variable string path and filename. Wildcards * and ? can be used with caution.
* denotes one or more wildcard letters of a name or extension
? denotes one wildcard letter of a name or extension
  • fileSpec$ can include a path that can be either relative to the program's current location or absolute, from the root drive.
  • KILL cannot remove an OPEN file. The program must CLOSE it first.
  • If the path or file does not exist, a "File not found" or "Path not found" error will result. See _FILEEXISTS.
  • SHELL "DEL /Q " + fileName$ does the same without a prompt or verification for wildcard deletions.
  • SHELL "DEL /P " + fileName$ will ask for user verification.
  • Cannot delete folders or directories. Use RMDIR to remove empty folders.
  • Warning: files deleted with KILL will not go to the Recycle Bin and they cannot be restored.


KILL "C:\Qbasic\data\2000data.dat"

See also

Keyword Reference - Alphabetical
Keyword Reference - By Usage
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