What is the Run command for Recycle Bin folder?

The Recycle Bin in Windows is a special folder that stores deleted files. When you delete a file, it is not immediately removed from your hard drive. Instead, it is moved to the Recycle Bin. This allows you to easily restore deleted files if you change your mind or delete something by accident. The Recycle Bin provides a safety net before permanently deleting files.

Opening the Recycle Bin

There are a few ways to open the Recycle Bin in Windows:

  • Double click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop
  • Open File Explorer and click Recycle Bin in the left sidebar
  • Right click the desktop and select Open Recycle Bin

This will open the Recycle Bin window where you can view and manage deleted files.

Emptying the Recycle Bin

If you want to permanently delete all items in the Recycle Bin, right click the Recycle Bin icon and select Empty Recycle Bin. Or when the Recycle Bin window is open, click Empty Recycle Bin. This will permanently remove all deleted files.

Restoring Files from the Recycle Bin

To restore a deleted file from the Recycle Bin:

  1. Open the Recycle Bin
  2. Locate the file(s) you want to restore
  3. Right click on the file and select Restore

This will move the file back to its original location.

Permanently Deleting Files

If you want to permanently delete specific files from the Recycle Bin without restoring them:

  1. Open the Recycle Bin
  2. Select the file(s) you want to delete
  3. Right click and select Delete

This will immediately and permanently remove the files from your hard drive.

Using the Run Command

You can also open the Recycle Bin using the Run command in Windows:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box
  2. Type “recycle” and click OK

This will open the Recycle Bin window.

Additional Run Commands

Here are some other useful Run commands for the Recycle Bin:

Command Action
recycler Opens the Recycle Bin
recycle.exe Opens the Recycle Bin
rundll32 shell32.dll,SHCmdRecycleBin Opens the Recycle Bin window

Keyboard Shortcut

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + E to quickly open File Explorer, then navigate to the Recycle Bin. This provides fast access without using the Run command.

Command Line Options

When using the Run command, you can add certain parameters to recycle.exe to automate tasks:

Command Action
recycle.exe /empty Empties the Recycle Bin immediately
recycle.exe /s Silently empties the Recycle Bin with no confirmation

Deleting Protected Files

Sometimes a file may be protected and unable to delete. To force deletion of protected system files:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator
  2. Run the command: del /f/s/q c:\filename.ext
  3. This will forcibly delete the file, bypassing protection

Bypassing the Recycle Bin

If you want to permanently delete a file without sending it to the Recycle Bin first:

  1. Hold down Shift key while deleting the file
  2. The file will be immediately deleted, skipping the Recycle Bin

Deleting Large Numbers of Files

To quickly delete many files at once:

  1. Select all files you want to delete
  2. Press Shift + Delete keys
  3. The files will be immediately deleted without the Recycle Bin

Configuring Recycle Bin Settings

You can configure Recycle Bin settings by right clicking it and selecting Properties. From here you can:

  • Change the maximum size for the Recycle Bin
  • Disable Recycle Bin for certain drives
  • Enable automatic emptying when storage space is low

Removing Files Without the Recycle Bin

There are some ways to completely bypass the Recycle Bin when deleting files:

  1. Use Shift + Delete shortcut to delete immediately
  2. Delete from a Command Prompt using the /F option
  3. Use third party delete utilities that bypass Recycle Bin

However, this means the files cannot be recovered if deleted accidentally.


The Recycle Bin provides a useful safety net when deleting files on a Windows machine. It temporarily stores deleted data, allowing easy recovery of files if needed. The most common way to access the Recycle Bin is by double clicking its desktop icon.

The Run command “recycle” provides a quick way to open the Recycle Bin window directly. Additional parameters can be added to automate emptying the Recycle Bin from the command line. However, bypassing the Recycle Bin entirely when deleting files means they cannot be recovered.

Understanding how to manage the Recycle Bin in Windows allows you to effectively work with deleting files, restoring data, and permanently removing unneeded items from your storage drives.

In summary:

  • The Recycle Bin temporarily stores deleted files
  • It can be opened by double clicking its icon or using the “recycle” Run command
  • Files can be restored from the Recycle Bin if accidentally deleted
  • The Recycle Bin can be emptied to permanently delete files
  • Shift + Delete bypasses the Recycle Bin when deleting files
  • Configuring Recycle Bin settings allows customization of storage limits

Understanding the ins and outs of the Recycle Bin is a key skill for expert Windows users to prevent accidental data loss.

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