How to empty the recycle bin

In this guide, we show you how to empty the recycle bin. We also explain what the recycle bin is and how to change the functions of the recycle bin to suit your needs.

How to empty the recycle bin

What is the recycle bin?

When you choose to delete an item it will go to the Recycle bin. The recycle bin acts as a temporary storage of items you have chosen to delete. The recycle bin will become large over time and need to be emptied. It is very simple to empty the recycle bin but you should note that emptying the recycle bin is permanent.

How to empty the recycle bin

  1. Go to the desktop (Windows + D)
  2. Locate the Recycle Bin

The recycle bin

  1. Right-click the Recycle Bin
  2. Select Empty Recycle Bin
  3. A warning box will appear advising this is permanent.
  4. Select Yes to empty

How to change the properties of the recycle bin

It is possible to bypass the recycle bin altogether and choose to delete items permanently rather than sending items to the recycle bin. Although this saves time we do not recommend using this option as the recycle bin is a nice safety net.

If you want to set this up you can do this in the recycle bin properties. You can also choose to set the amount of space allocated to the recycle bin and change the notifications you receive.

  1. Go to the desktop (Windows + D)
  2. Locate the Recycle Bin
  3. Right-click the Recycle Bin
  4. Select Properties

Recycle Bin Properties

  1. In the properties window, you will be able to select a custom size (the amount of hard disk space the recycle bin can use) or choose to delete items permanently instead of using the recycle bin.
  2. You can also choose to be warned when you select delete by ticking the Display delete confirmation dialog.

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