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Published on 02.16.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off the Recycle Bin

Learn how to disable the Recycle Bin in Windows 7.

Turn Off Recycle Bin

  1. Right-click the recycle bin and then click Properties.
  2. Select Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin.


  3. Click OK to save the changes.

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  1. matt says:

    how do you hide it ? :(

  2. Azeus says:

    Every time you install or remove another drive recycle bin will auto enable itself on those drives, if someone knows how to completely turn it off leave commit please.

  3. Azeus says:

    For Windows 7

    1) Run Group Policy (Start-Run-Type “gpedit.msc”)
    2) Goto User Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Windows Explorer
    3) Enable the “Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin” policy

  4. Ben says:

    For anyone who’s curious how to disable the recycle bin in Windows 7 for all drives from the command line, this registry edit seems to work:

    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer /v NoRecycleFiles /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    Non-command line equivalent:
    1. Use regedit.exe
    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    3. Create a new DWORD named NoRecycleFiles with value 1.

    I searched for hours for this before getting anything close to this answer (I ended up having to use a little intuition and just try this registry edit under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hoping that it would apply globally as I only found a solution for the current user: HKEY_CURRENT_USER).

  5. Mark says:

    The Recycle Bin icon isn’t on your desktop??That’s odd Anyway, the Recycle Bin can be set to deetle stuff when the folder reaches a certain size.You don’t have to manually deetle stuff in that hidden folder. Manually deleting the stuff will not make your computer slower. If you leave the stuff there, then that won’t make your computer run slower either.

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