Tips To Recover Deleted Files: Recycle Bin

Tips To Recover Deleted Files

Recycle Bin exists on every version of Windows since Windows 95. But only a few number of users have ever opened it or know about it. Recycle Bin is an integral folder in Windows that stores all the temporarily deleted files. This means when you hit the Delete button on your keyboard to remove a file it is moved to the Recycle Bin. However, if Shift + Del button is pressed the selected file is not moved to Recycle Bin instead it is deleted from the system. Recovering this deleted file isn’t possible as it is not in the Recycle Bin. But if it is an important file and you have deleted it accidentally then what?

You must be looking for ways to retrieve this file. Here we will tell you how to recover this deleted file and other tips about Recycle Bin on Windows 10.

How To Recover Deleted Files?

Most of us think if a file cannot be found in Recycle Bin then there is no way to recover it. But that isn’t true you can recover this file. To know how to continue reading.

Steps To Retrieve Files Deleted From The Recycle Bin:

Manually, retrieving a deleted file that cannot be found in Recycle Bin is not easy. To restore such files you need a tool that will help to recover deleted file. For this, we recommend using Advanced Disk Recovery. This is one of the best file recovery tool, that will help you retrieve files deleted from the hard disk, external storage, and other storage media.

Advanced disk recovery

For better results, we suggest you using Deep Scan option to recover deleted files.

Note: More operations you perform on the disk from which you are trying to recover the data, the fewer chances there are of recovery from it. Additionally, we suggest you recover the data on any drive, partition or external media, which does not contain the deleted data. You should not recover the deleted data on the same partition; otherwise, the data can get corrupted.

Now that you have learned how to recover permanently deleted file. Let’s learn how to restore a file that is in Recycle Bin and other Recycle Bin tricks.

How To Retrieve Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

If you or anyone who has accessed your system has accidentally deleted a file, then there are chances that it can be in the Recycle Bin. To recover this file from Recycle Bin follow the steps below:

1. Open Recycle Bin by double-clicking on its icon.
2. Once you are there locate the file that you wish to recover.

3. Select the file > right click on it > select Restore from the context menu.

Recover Deleted Files
4. Doing so will help you restored the file to its original location.

So, guys wasn’t it simple. See how easily you have retrieved deleted file from Recycle Bin.

Now let’s move ahead and discuss some other lesser known tips for Recycle Bin.

Recycle Bin Tips

Here we have listed some additional tips and tricks that will help you use and manage Recycle Bin in a better way:

Recycle Bin Location:

If you try to locate Recycle Bin folder in the specific drive, then you will not be able to find it. This is because Recycle Bin is hidden by default. To view the folder, follow the steps below:

1. Open Windows file explorer by pressing Windows + E.
open windows file explorer

Now, click on the View tab and check mark the box next to Hidden Items. You can now see the Recycle Bin folder. The same can be repeated for other drives as well.

Empty Recycle Bin:

As we discussed many users don’t have an idea about Recycle Bin. Therefore they do not know Recycle Bin leads to clogged hard disk space. Therefore, it is advisable to empty Recycle Bin from time to time to gain space on your system. However, before you proceed with this tweak, first confirm that Recycle Bin doesn’t contain any data that you would want to restore or have accidentally deleted.

To empty Recycle Bin, right click on the icon > select Empty Recycle Bin option.

empty recycle bin

This will help you empty recycle bin and recover hard disk space on your hard drive.

Change the Size of the Recycle Bin:

Only a few users know the size of Recycle Bin can be altered. By default, the size of the Recycle Bin is 10% of the available disk space. However, it can altered by following the steps below:

1. Right-click on Recycle Bin icon and select Properties.
right click on recycle bin

2. Under the General tab, in Custom Size, you can change the size of the Recycle Bin.
recycle bin properties
3. Once done click Apply to save the changes.

Also Read: How To Get Recycle Bin Back On Windows 10

More Settings to Tweak Recycle Bin Actions:

Apart from changing the default size of Recycle Bin, there are a few other tweaks that can be applied to Recycle Bin. To do so, right-click on Recycle Bin icon and select Properties. Now you can perform the below 3 changes:

1. Change the Recycle Bin size, that we have already discussed above.
2. If you wish that all your files instead of going to Recycle Bin gets permanently deleted from your system, then check mark the option, Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted. However, we do not recommend checking this option.
recycle bin properties 23. If you do not like the confirmation box that prompts every time before deleting a file, then uncheck the option, Display delete confirmation dialogue.

display delete confirmation dialog

Hide Recycle Bin from Desktop:

If for any reason you wish to hide Recycle Bin from the Desktop of your system, then follow the below steps:

1. Right-click on any empty area on your Desktop and from the menu select Personalize.
2. On the new window that opens, select Themes and on the right pane click on Desktop icon settings.
themes
3. Now, On Desktop Icon Settings window uncheck Recycle Bin option and click on the Apply button.
desktop icon settings

Change the Icon of Recycle Bin:

If you love customization, Windows gives you an option to customize the appearance of Recycle Bin icon. To change the Recycle Bin icon go through the below steps:

1. Right-click on any empty area on your Desktop and from the menu select Personalize.

2. On the new window that opens, select Themes and on the right pane click on Desktop icon settings.

select themes
3. Now, On Desktop Icon Settings window click on Recycle Bin option and select Change Icon option.
change icon option

4. From all the available icons now select the one that excites you most.
select the one that excites you

So, guys, these were the some cool tips and tricks to get the most out of the Recycle Bin. If you wish to share more tips or have any feedback regarding the article, then do share them in the comment box below.

Also Read: How To Delete Files Automatically From Recycle Bin

Varun Tiwari

Varun is a technical blogger at Tweak Library. His engineering background helps him present technical solutions and concepts in an engaging manner. Varun enjoys reading both short and long form fiction and has tried his hand at writing poems too. When not busy with the pen, he likes traveling and spending time with family.

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