You can delete files, folders, and programs from your computer at any time. However, when you delete an item, Windows does not immediately remove it from your computer. Instead, the item is placed into the Recycle Bin. You can restore an item from the Recycle Bin later if you decide you would rather not delete it. When the Recycle Bin becomes full (depending on the amount of disk space allocated to it), Windows deletes older items permanently to make room for newer items. You can think of the Recycle Bin as sort of a buffer between your files and oblivion.
1. Drag an Object to the Recycle Bin
The easiest way to delete an object is to drag it to the Recycle Bin. You can drag an item from the desktop or from any open folder. You can also delete a file by selecting it and pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.
2. Confirm the Deletion
When you try to delete an object, Windows asks you to confirm that you really want to delete it. Click Yes if you’re sure; click No if you made a mistake and don’t want to delete the named object.
3. Open the Recycle Bin
Double-click the Recycle Binicon on the desktop to open it. All files in the Recycle Binare listed with their original locations and the date on which they were deleted.
To remove a file from the Recycle Bin and restore it to its original location, select the file and click the Restore this item link that appears on the left.
5. Delete Files
Right-click a file in the Recycle Bin list and choose Delete from the shortcut menu to permanently delete that file from your hard disk.
6. Empty the Recycle Bin
To permanently delete all the files from the Recycle Bin (which you might want to do to regain some disk
space), make sure that no files are selected and click the Empty Recycle Bin link on the left.
Another Way to Empty the Bin: You can empty the Recycle Bin without opening it by right-clicking its icon on the desktop and choosing Empty Recycle Bin from the shortcut menu.
7. Allocating Recycle Bin Space
By default, 10% of your hard drive space is reserved for use by the Recycle Bin. You can change the amount of space used by right clicking the Recycle Bin and selecting the Properties command from the shortcut menu. On the Global tab of the Recycle Bin Properties dialog box, drag the slider to change the maximum size of the Recycle Bin.