In XP I know where to find all the properties of a folder, but there is no 'delete inhibit' flag such as I am used to seeing in a server OS. The consequence is it is possible to delete files and folders by accident, simply by failing to notice the wrong place is holding the focus. No, the files ard folders are not in the recycle bin, because (in this case) it is a temporary folder with files waiting to be archived or otherwise dealt with, and I habitually hold down the shift key when deleting from this folder. They are truly gone..... It would save me embarassing myself if I at least got a warning before deleting an entire tree.