The recycle bin is considered as one of the most important components of any operating system as it holds all those files and folders that you have deleted. The biggest advantage of the recycle bin is that if you have accidentally deleted any file and you need it later on, then you can easily restore it from the recycle bin. In this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can change the recycle bin settings in Windows 10.
Changing the Recycle Bin Settings in Windows 10
In order to change the recycle bin settings in Windows 10, you will need to perform the following steps:
Right click on the recycle bin icon located on your Desktop in order to launch a pop-up menu as shown in the following image:
Click on the Properties option from this menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
As soon as you will click on it, the Recycle Bin Properties window will appear on your screen as shown in the image below:
- From the Recycle Bin Properties window, you can assign a size of your choice to the recycle bin. For doing this, just type a size in MBs in the text box corresponding to the field of Custom Size.
- Whenever you try to delete any file, it is not permanently removed from your computer system rather it resides in your recycle bin unless you remove it from there too. However, you can choose to remove your files permanently without going into the recycle bin as soon as you delete them. In order to do this, select the radio button corresponding to the field saying, “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted”.
- The checkbox corresponding to the field of "Display delete confirmation dialog" is checked by default. You can uncheck this check box if you do not want this dialogue box to appear at the time of deletion.
- Once you have made all your desired changes, just click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button to save your settings.
You can also empty the recycle bin whenever you want either manually or automatically. For doing it automatically, type settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the settings window. The newly opened Settings window is shown in the following image:
Click on the System tab as highlighted in the image shown above.
Now click on the Storage tab.
Click on the link saying, “Change how we free up space automatically” as highlighted in the image shown below:
Select any number of days after which you want the files in your recycle bin to delete automatically from the dropdown list corresponding to the field of “Delete files in my recycle bin if they have been there for over” as shown in the following image:
By following the method discussed in this article, you can easily change the recycle bin settings in Windows 10. In this way, you will be able to customize the functionality of your recycle bin right according to your own choice.