Remove the Recycle Bin from the Windows operating system (and Why You Actually Should)

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Image: Bloomicon (Shutterstock) – Remove the Recycle Bin from your computer and throw it away. Similar to a Mac’s Trash can, the Recycle Bin in Windows looks essential. In the event that you remove anything by mistake, you may always restore it. But it’s time to reassess the necessity for a Recycle Bin on your Windows system, since it’s become yet another location where unnecessary garbage collects. Recycle bins may be automatically cleared, but if you’d want to remove them, there is a means to do it.

What are the reasons to get rid of the Recycle Bin?

However, if you aren’t saving much data locally anymore, you may not need the Recycle Bin any more. Nowadays, the majority of people utilize services like Google Docs or Microsoft 365, as well as streaming music and movies (the latter of which saves Office documents to OneDrive by default). There is a trash folder in cloud storage services that you may utilize to retrieve anything that you unintentionally erased. The Recycle Bin starts to fade into obscurity once you discover that most of your data is already being backed up online.

How to avoid accidentally erasing all of your Recycle Bin items?

The transition to a Recycle Bin-free society necessitates a few modifications, of course, so that you may be prepared. In the event that you mistakenly delete a file, you should change the path of your browser’s download files to your Google Drive/OneDrive folder, as well as the location of other programs that you use to download or store files (such as WhatsApp, Slack, Photoshop, and so on).

A computer backup solution is another something you should consider. The quickest and most convenient way to begin is using an online backup service like Backblaze. As an alternative, a web-connected external drive like WD My Cloud Home may be purchased and set up to decrease the risk of data loss.

How can I get rid of the Windows Recycle Bin?

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Recycle Bin may now be accessed by right-clicking it on the desktop of your Windows PC. A list of all of your computer’s drives will appear when you click on Properties. Make sure that C Drive’s Recycle Bin is selected.

The option Don’t transfer files to the Recycle Bin should be checked in the Location Settings. Take care to remove files as soon as you delete them. When you’re done, click the button that says OK.

Selecting all additional drives on your computer will let you repeat this step. Alternatively, you may leave the Recycle Bin alone on certain disks while using it on others.

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Final step: right-click an empty spot on your desktop and choose Personalize to conceal the Recycle Bin. This will take you to a Windows options screen. You may change the desktop icon settings by clicking Desktop Icon Settings in the Themes box. On the right-hand side of the page, under Related Settings, you’ll see this feature. Remove the Recycle Bin icon from the Desktop Icon Settings panel and then click OK. Your computer will no longer have a Recycle Bin once you do this. It’s up to you to enjoy the fruits of your labor.