Personalization Add or Remove Properties on Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows 11


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The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from a drive, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

The Recycle Bin properties page allows users to select a Custom maximum size or Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted, and turn on or off to Display delete confirmation dialog.

If wanted, you can remove Properties from the Recycle Bin context menu to prevent opening the Recycle Bin properties page.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Properties on the Recycle Bin context menu for all or specific users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove Properties on the Recycle Bin context menu.


Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Properties on Recycle Bin Context Menu for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Properties on Recycle Bin Context Menu for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Properties on Recycle Bin context menu
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Recycle_Bin_Properties_added.png
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Option One

Add or Remove Properties on Recycle Bin Context Menu for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop

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3 In the right pane of Desktop in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Remove Properties from the Recycle Bin context menu policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you want.

5 Add Properties to Recycle Bin Context Menu

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Recycle_Bin_Properties_gpedit-2.png

6 Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

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7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Two

Add or Remove Properties on Recycle Bin Context Menu for All Users using REG file


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you want.

2 Add Properties to Recycle Bin Context Menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Properties_to_Recycle_Bin_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoPropertiesRecycleBin"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoPropertiesRecycleBin"=-

3 Remove Properties from Recycle Bin Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Properties_from_Recycle_Bin_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoPropertiesRecycleBin"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoPropertiesRecycleBin"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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