Tips and Tricks for the Windows Recycle Bin

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The Recycle Bin in Windows ! It’s there, we need it, but we barely notice it. Some of us don’t even bother to empty it by letting Windows do the work when it overflows. Well, let’s change that and take a closer look today! Let’s see how it works and how we can make the most of it in Windows 10/8.1/7.

Tips and tricks

That’s all the trash! You can reuse deleted items. When you delete a file or folder from Windows File Explorer, it moves to that folder. It is not deleted as such.

To delete an item, right-click and select Delete. This moves the file or folder to the Trash. Pressing the Shift and Delete keys does not move the item to the trash. It is deleted directly permanently .

Restore deleted items

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If you want to recover an item you accidentally deleted, you can open the Recycle Bin, search for the item, right-click and click Restore. The item is moved to where you deleted it.

If you want to delete it permanently, you can simply right-click the item in the Trash and click Delete.

To empty all items in the Recycle Bin, right-click the Recycle Bin desktop icon and select Empty Recycle Bin. When the Explorer ribbon is displayed, you can select Empty Recycle Bin or Restore Item under Manage . This empties the trash only for that user. You can also empty all users’ recycling bins from the command line.

If you accidentally click Delete instead of the empty recycle bin, the recycle bin icon simply disappears from your desktop. In this case, you must restore the recycle bin icon.

Recycle Bin Location

To view the location of the recycle bin on your Windows 8.1 computer, you must first view the protected files of the operating system via the Control Panel applet, Folder Options. When you are finished, open your C-drive. You will see the file $Recycle.bin. Open it and you’ll see the trash. The same applies to other readers.

Change recycle bin size

The recycle bin size is calculated based on the user’s disk quota and not the disk size. Under Windows XP, the default recycle bin was 10% of the user’s volume quota. In later versions of Windows, the default size is 10% of the first 40GB quota and 5% of the quota, more than 40GB.

To change its capacity, right-click the Trash icon > Properties. Under the General tab, you can define the maximum size of your recycle bin.

If you wish, you can also change the size and settings per folder. More information on TechNet blogs.

Optimize recycle bin behavior

Right-click the recycle bin icon and select Properties. Here you can change some of its settings. Like I said, every reader has their own trash can. Select the drive.

1] You can then set the maximum basket size . This means that if the items in the location exceed this number, Windows starts deleting items on a FIFO (First-In-First-In-First-Out) basis. You can enlarge the bin if you want.

2] If you do not want to move files to the Recycle Bin, you can set them to Delete directly when they are deleted. However, we do not recommend that you choose this option. What if you need to restore a deleted item?

3] Most of us don’t like deletion confirmation .

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