delete file in sharepoint

i read some where that sharepoint doesn't delete file and just flag it as old. is there a way to turn off this feature? also how do i completely delete the ones that already flag as old in sharepoint? thanks
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Rainer JeschorCommented:

thats a setting in the web application configuration from Central Admin:
Just turn it off.

Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:

Can you provide some more detail about the "flag as old" claim? It differs from the documented procedure:

if you delete a file or a page in a SharePoint site, it will be moved to the Recycle Bin of the site. After 30 days, the file will be removed from the site Recycle Bin and will be placed in the Site Collection Recycle bin. After yet another 30 days, the file will be removed from SharePoint altogether. Then it's gone.

cheers, teylyn
StewSupportAuthor Commented:
how do i turn that off so if i click on delete, it will delete completely instead of doing all those steps?
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