Win 7 : How to empty recycle bin?

Any pointers please ?


geek_tintop, Apr 3, 11:13 am

right click -> empty recycle bin

geek_king1, Apr 3, 11:15 am

or from a command prompt if you want
rd /s %systemdrive%\$Recycle.bin

geek_king1, Apr 3, 11:18 am

Comes up greyed out .

geek_tintop, Apr 3, 11:19 am

Access Denied

geek_tintop, Apr 3, 11:22 am

means its empty normally. if you open it is anything in the bin

geek_king1, Apr 3, 11:23 am

run command prompt as administrator

geek_king1, Apr 3, 11:23 am

if that's the case i am no expert but i would guess it's already empty.

geek_jim205, Apr 3, 11:25 am

Thanks guys - I will get back to it later.

Just had my orders to go and get a load of topsoil for the garden :)

" Get away from that b. y computer! "

Grr - school teachers on holiday .

geek_tintop, Apr 3, 11:27 am

Easy test, create a folder & fill it with copys of photo's etc.
Delete it & check your recycle bin

Note: COPY & PASTE . do NOT drag & drop regardless of what the function says

geek_mrfxit, Apr 3, 1:09 pm

If it is greyed out but looks like it has stuff in it, shut PC / Laptop down cold and reboot should remedy it.

geek_ceebee2, Apr 3, 1:16 pm

Geezus some people give stupid advice.
Open recycle bin and at the top you will see "EMPTY RECYCLE BIN" click on that and then a pop up will ask you to confirm click yes then about 30 seconds later it is empty.
before anyone comes back and says that is wrong I just did mine about 5 minutes ago before I read this post and I have done it the same way before.
Win 7

geek_newbie5, Apr 3, 4:52 pm

How is any of the above advice stupid?
Your advice is stupid as you are simply repeating what has already been suggested, albeit yours is the long way.

geek_king1, Apr 3, 5:20 pm

OP claims empty recycle bin is greyed out

geek_skin1235, Apr 3, 6:22 pm

Agreed. Just confirmed on my PC (cause I just do it without thinking about it). Some items were in there, and context-menu (right click) had "Empty Recyle Bin" as normal and available. Then actually opened the recycle bin, this showed the items within and also had "Empty Recycle Bin" on the menu bar. Then did empty (from right-click), all items gone. Option now greyed out on context-menu, and the empty option does not even appear on the menu bar if bin opened. Right-click is the way for smart users, so very under-rated and so powerful.

geek_cookee_nz, Apr 3, 7:02 pm

tintop wrote:
Thanks guys - I will get back to it later.

Just had my orders to go and get a load of topsoil for the garden :)
Get some chickenshit too.

geek_deodar1, Apr 3, 10:08 pm

Right - chickens aside - it seem that there was nothing in my recycle bin. Doh!

Thanks sll for your efforts :)

geek_tintop, Apr 3, 11:21 pm

My way is the proper way.
your suggestions are going about it a long and confusing way for a novice

geek_newbie5, Apr 4, 1:26 pm

There is no 'proper' way, just whatever way works for each.

But, if you want to compare [ahem] sizes, post #2 is at least two clicks less than your way. Other options were provided in case there were corrupt files stuck in the bin, which can happen on occassion.

You are really just showing that you are the novice here.

geek_king1, Apr 4, 1:39 pm

I probably know more than you think and yes I agree with #2 but not the other suggestions for someone who doesnt know what to do

geek_newbie5, Mar 25, 5:19 am

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