How to Change Recycle Bin Settings in Windows 11

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How to Bypass Recycle Bin

In Windows 11, deleting an item places it in the Recycle Bin by default.

You can bypass the Recycle Bin and delete the item permanently by following these steps:

Select the item(s) you want to delete. Press Shift + Delete.

A confirmation pop-up will appear. Click “Yes” on it.

That’s it.

The above method is excellent. But how about deleting the item as usual, and it got permanently deleted?

Sounds good to you? The steps below will explain how to do it.

Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop or right-click the space in the Recycle Bin.

Hit Properties. Select C drive.

Select “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.”

Note that if you have a drive other than C on your computer, you need to do the above steps for all of them.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Here are alternative ways:

Method #1

Press Windows + R, type regedit, and then press the Enter key. Hit Yes in the pop-up.

I suggest you back up the Registry before proceeding.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Now, right-click on the right pane blank space. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Provide the name as NoRecycleFiles and then press the Enter key.

Double-click on it and provide 1 in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button. Restart your PC.

That’s all.

If you want to reverse, delete the DWORD or provide its value as 0.

Method #2

Open the Run Command Box by pressing Windows + R. Type gpedit.msc and then hit the Enter key.

In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

Locate and double-click “Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin” in the right pane.

Select Enabled and hit the OK button.

That’s it.

If you want to reverse this, follow the steps above, but select Not Configured or Disabled.

How to Change Recycle Bin Icon

You can change the default Windows 11 Recycle Bin icon if you don’t like it. Here’s how:

Press Windows + I to open the Settings app. Hit Personalization on the left sidebar.

Click on Themes on the right.

Hit the Desktop icon settings on the right side of the screen.

These two icons appear in the Desktop Icon Settings pop-up:

  • Recycle Bin (full) – You’ll see this icon when there is an item in the Recycle Bin.
  • Recycle Bin (empty) – This icon appears when the Recycle Bin is empty.

Select the former.

Hit the Change Icon button.

Select the icon you prefer. Use the Browse button if the icon you want is in another location.

Hit the OK button.

Follow the steps above for the Recycle Bin (empty).

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

If you want to restore the default Recycle Bin icon, here’s how:

Follow the steps above to open the “Desktop Icon Settings” pop-up.

Select the Recycle Bin (full) and then hit the Restore Default button.

Select the Recycle Bin (empty) and then click Restore Default.

Hit the OK button.

That’s it.

How to Display the Delete Confirmation Dialog of Recycle Bin

By default, when you delete an item in Windows 11, it will go directly to the Recycle Bin, and you won’t see any confirmation pop-up.

If you want a confirmation pop-up, then follow these steps:

Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop or right-click the space in the Recycle Bin.

Hit Properties. Enable Display delete confirmation dialog. Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Remember that you can reverse it by following the steps above but disable it instead of enabling it.

Listed below are alternative ways to accomplish the same task.

Method #1

Press Windows + R, type regedit, and then press Enter key. Hit Yes in the pop-up.

I suggest you back up the Registry before proceeding.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Now, right-click on the right pane blank space. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Provide name as ConfirmFileDelete and then press the Enter key.

Double-click on it and provide 1 in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button. Restart your PC.

That’s all.

If you want to reverse, delete the DWORD or provide its value as 0.

Method #2

Open the Run Command Box by pressing Windows + R. Type gpedit.msc and then hit the Enter key.

In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

On the right pane, locate and double click the “Display confirmation dialog when deleting files.”

Select Enabled and hit the OK button.

That’s it.

If you want to reverse it, follow the steps above, but select Not Configured or Disabled.

How to Change Recycle Bin Storage Size in Windows 11

Each drive has its own Recycle Bin. However, you can view the contents of each drive’s Recycle Bin when you open the Recycle Bin.

The size of every drive’s Recycle Bin is set by default but can be changed.

Here’s how you can change the size of the Recycle Bin in Windows 11:

Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and select Properties. Or open the Recycle Bin, right-click on the space and choose Properties.

Now you can see the Recycle Bin Properties window.

You can see the drives on your PC at the top.

Choose the one for which you want to change the Recycle Bin size.

Be sure Custom Size is selected.

In the field beside “Maximum size,” you will need to specify the size of the Recycle Bin. The numbers here represent megabytes (MB).

Hit the OK button. 

That’s all.

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