How to bypass the Recycle Bin to delete permanently in Windows 10

The Recycle bin has long been a part of Windows OS regardless of all of the transformations that the Operating System has gone through the years. It works as a backup plan for the files you clean out – in the event you unintentionally get rid of something valuable. At the same time, it also taking up hard drive storage spaces to keep those deleted files. By default, whenever you delete something it will be moved to the Recycle bin for safe keeping and, of course, you can recover deleted files from Recycle Bin anytime you want using the restore option. It comes handy when you realize that you accidently did something stupid and want to restore them back. But, there are times you may want them gone permanently for good.

To permanently eradicate files from your system and get back the storage space they were using, you have to remove them from the Recycle Bin. Not to mention, you can delete them one by one or entire Recycle Bin right away. If you are too lazy to do it, then you could make use of a useful functionality in Recycle bin settings, which will help you bypass the Recycle bin when you delete something and get it removed instantly once and for all. In this guide, I’m gonna explain how to permanently delete files by bypassing the Recycle Bin.

Steps to delete files permanently by bypassing the Recycle Bin

At first, right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select the Properties option from the context menu that appears. Doing so, a small properties window pops up with a few options that would help you configure Recycle Bin.

Recycle Bin properties window

If you want it disabled for a specific partition, highlight that particular partition and select the radio button that tells “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.“. Then click on Apply button to save the changes you made.

Customize Recycle Bin in Windows 10

From then on, any files you delete will be permanently deleted, with that being said any existing files in the recycle bin continue to remain there until you force delete them. Keep in mind, however, you’ll have to configure each drive or partition individually. From the properties window, you can also turn on a delete confirmation dialog box by checking the check box that says ” Display delete confirmation dialog. “.

If you’re disabling the Recycle Bin for just a few files, then you don’t have to go through this whole process. Just select those files, and hold down the Shift Key while pressing the delete button will help you delete files permanently. But, that doesn’t mean it is not recoverable. Still anyone could recover deleted files from the hard drive using any good recovery software.

In case, your only concern is about the hard disk space using by Recycle bin, you can save space by limiting the maximum size for each drive’s Recycle Bin. To do it, highlight the drive, select the Custom Size radio button and enter the maximum size you want to have it.

Customize recycle bin size

As mentioned before, every drive or partition has its own Recycle Bin file settings. There is a recycle bin folder $Recycle.Bin at the root of each drive, which is protected and hidden by default in Windows 10.

Hope this quick guide would help you bypass the Recycle Bin, and free up some system storage, thus increasing the performance of Windows 10.

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