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How to delete a protected picture

I have a picture on my memory card that was selected as protected (student prank). I have no use for this picture. How can I deselect protected so I can delete the picture?

Or is there someway to reformat the memory card?

The camera I have is a Canon PowerShot A530

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To format your memory card, go to this link and click on the Advanced User Manual link, which will open in a separate window (you can save this file by clicking on the Save icon in the upper left corner). Go to page 30 for complete instructions.

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