Change Recycle Bin Storage Settings in Windows 11

Recycle Bin Storage Settings

Want to see if you can tweak the recycle bin in Windows 11? Follow this article to see how you can change recycle bin storage settings in Windows 11.

Windows 11 is the latest and fastest window as compared to the prior versions. This window works quite efficiently and has a very fascinating interface. It has several features like privacy protection & security, multiple screens, fastest scanning of malware, and so on. It also the quick deletion of unnecessary files automatically and you can customize its storage size too. However, files in recycle bin take up space on a hard drive so, it deletes the old files for some time to make for new ones. So, this window automatically sets recycle bin’s capacity and allows you to customize its storage size.

Change Recycle Bin Storage Settings in Windows 11

In this article, we will let you know how to Change Recycle Bin Storage Settings in Windows 11. So, let’s get started!!

Changing Recycle Bin Storage Size

Recycle Bin Storage Settings

You can easily increase or decrease the size of recycle bin’s storage space. To do so, follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Locate the desktop icon on a desktop and if you can’t find any icons on a desktop then simply, right-click anywhere on a desktop and choose a View option from a list that appears. Then, select the ‘Show desktop icons’ option. 
  2. When done, head to the Recycle Bin icon and right-click it 
  3. Select the Properties option from a list that appears
  4. A separate window with the recycle bin properties will appear on a screen. Two sections will appear under the General tab. The first list has all the drives and all the available space in each drive. The second list configures the settings of the selected drive/recycle bin location. However, if your PC has more than one hard drive then, each of them has its own recycle bin settings. These settings are stored in a hidden system folder “$RECYCLE.BIN” at the root of each volume. 
  5. Now, in the first section, choose which recycle bin location you want to configure
  6. Head to the second section and from the Settings for a selected location, choose the Custom size option. Also, specify a maximum size in a text box for recycle bin placed next to the Maximum size option. Keep in mind that specify the storage space into megabytes e.g., if you assign 120GB of space then, specify 15000 MB in a text box.
  7. When done, click the OK button to save the changes.

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Disabling Recycle Bin for a Drive to Permanently Delete Files

If you keep your junk files in a separate drive and you are interested to take up space in recycle bin when deleting stuff from this drive. Only then, you can easily disable the recycle bin option for that drive. Hence, files are never stored in recycle bin when deleted and also, permanently deleted from a PC too. To do so, follow the simple steps:

  1. Locate the desktop icon on a desktop and if you can’t find any icons on a desktop then simply, right-click anywhere on a desktop.
  2. When done, head to the Recycle Bin icon and right-click it 
  3. Select the Properties option from a list that appears
  4. A separate window with the recycle bin properties will appear on a screen and two sections will appear under the General tab.
  5. Now, in the first section, choose which recycle bin location you want to configure
  6. Head to the second section and from the Settings for a selected location, choose the Don’t move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted option. 
  7. When done, click the OK button to save the changes. That’s it when you delete a file will skip the recycle bin and also, be deleted from a PC permanently. 

Display Delete Confirmation Dialog

Also, there is a third option Display delete confirmation dialog which will ask for a confirmation before deleting something. When you delete something accidentally, this dialog box will come to the rescue. Simply, head to the desktop > Recycle Bin > Properties > then, choose Display delete confirmation dialog > click the OK button to save the changes. However, if you are interested to check out this option works or not. Simple, try deleting a file from the customized location and there appears a confirmation dialog box pop-up on a screen that asks you to delete the file/folder. That’s how this option works. Simply, select ‘yes’ if you wish to delete or not as per your choice. 

However, these recycle bin tools are essential for us and also allow us to retrieve files. That’s it, folks! We hope that this article How to Change Recycle Bin Storage Settings in Windows 11 seems helpful to you. For any queries, do let us know and also, share your reviews in the comment box mentioned below.

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