How to configure the Recycle Bin

Recycle Bin is one of the things that were redesigned in Windows Vista. It no longer has separate tabs for each partition. There is only one tab and you need to scroll up or down through your partitions list in order to make the changes you want. Also, you can no longer make “global settings” that apply to all your partitions.

This is why we decided to create this short tutorial and show our users how to configure the “new” Recycle Bin.

First, right click on the Recycle Bin shortcut and select Properties.

Recycle Bin

Unfortunately, in Windows Vista you don’t have the possibility to use one setting for all drives. In the Recycle Bin Properties window you have to select each partition and make the settings individually.

When you select a partition, you can type the amount of space used by Recycle Bin in MB. If you do not want to use the Recycle Bin for that partition, just check the ”Do not move files to the Recycle Bin” option.

Recycle Bin

You can also disable the ”Are you sure you want to remove…” message that is shown each time you delete something. To do that, just uncheck the “Display delete confirmation dialog”.

After you have made all the changes you want, press the OK button and they will be applied.

Related articles:
Handy Recovery – When Deleting is Not for Ever and for Always

10 thoughts on “How to configure the Recycle Bin”

  1. Recycle Bin went AWOL
    My recycle bin is no longer on my desktop. I do not know why. I can’t seem to find it anywhere. What file should it be in by default for Vista? The icon was deleted.

  2. Restoring your deleted Recycle Bin
    1. Right click Desktop (or type Personalize from Start Menu Search box and hit Enter)
    2. Click Personalize
    3. Under ‘Task’ click Change Desktop Icons
    4. under Desktop, check “Recycle”

    If its already checked, uncheck it and check it again, Apply and OK.

  3. Whenever I like empty
    Whenever I like empty recycle bin, it shows that it still has stuff because theres papers in the bin. On reboot it refreshes or whenever i right click and press refresh. is this a glitch or not?

  4. How do I stop Vista Recycle Bin from emptying when I shut down?
    When ever I shut dow the computer all contents of the recycle bin are automatically deleted. How can I stop this from happening?

  5. Vista recycle bin
    You delete a file but nothing happens in the recycle bin, but if you refresh the screen the recycle bin icon fills. When you empty the recycle bin, the icon does not empty, but if you refresh the screen the icon empties.

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