How To Empty your Recycle Bin in Windows 10

By | June 5, 2018

When you delete a file in Windows 10 by moving it to the recycle bin or using the ‘delete’ button on your keyboard, the file gets moved to your recycle bin,
but this does not mean you empty your recycle bin and means that the files are not completely gone.
This can be crucial if you want to permanently remove files from your computer.
To do that we will empty the recycle bin.
It is also possible to permanently delete a file with the ‘SHIFT’ + ‘DELETE’ shortcut.
By using this shortcut you don’t have to use the recylce bin anymore.

This tutorial will show you how to empty your recycle bin in Windows 10.

Warning: emptying your recycle bin will completely remove your files from your computer and will be difficult to recover those (but maybe possible with data recovery software), so be careful.

A video tutorial is available at the bottom of the post.

Step 1

Move your mouse to the Windows 10 icon and type ‘Recycle Bin’.
Click on the top search result.

Empty your Recycle Bin

Step 2

Click on the upper tab ‘Manage’, then click on ‘Empty Recycle Bin’.

Empty your Recycle Bin

Step 3

When the pop-up window appears choose ‘Yes’.

Empty your Recycle Bin

Your recycle bin has now been emptied.

Video tutorial:

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