General Enable or Disable Permanently Delete instead of Recycle Bin 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.

If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each drive will have its own hidden $Recycle.Bin system folder and Recycle Bin settings.

Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, do not have a Recycle Bin by default. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted since they do not go to the Recycle Bin. You can enable the Recycle Bin for removable drives to have deleted files from them go to the Recycle Bin instead.

Each user account on the PC will have their own separate Recycle Bin, and will be referenced by their Security Identifier (SID) in each drive's hidden $Recycle.Bin system folder.

By default, a delete confirmation dialog does not display when you delete a file or folder to the Recycle Bin.

If you delete a file or folder that's larger than the set maximum storage size of the drive's recycle bin, a This file is too big to recycle. Do you want to permanently delete it? confirmation dialog will always display.

You can manually permanently delete a file without sending it to the Recycle Bin by selecting the file and pressing the Shift + Delete keys.

If wanted, you can set to always don't move files to the Recycle Bin of a drive when deleted, and permanently delete the files immediately instead.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


EXAMPLE: Recycle Bin permanently delete confirmation dialog

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Here's How:

1 Right click on the Recycle Bin desktop icon, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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2 Select a drive Recycle Bin Location you want to change. (see screenshot below)

3 Select (dot) Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.

Selecting Custom size (default) will deselect (turn off) Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.


4 Click/tap on OK.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Does this approach permanently delete all the pointers to the files as well?

Hello, and welcome. :alien:

If you meant shortcuts to the file, then no. It'll only delete the specific file from the location you deleted it from.

Instead of the file being moved to the Recycle Bin to be permanently deleted whenever you empty the Recycle Bin, it doesn't get moved to the Recycle Bin and gets permanently deleted immediately.
 

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