How to Automatically Empty Recycle Bin on Schedule on Windows 10

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Windows users can follow this quick guide to learn how to empty recycle bin automatically on Windows 10. After making this setting Recycle bin will be emptied automatically on schedule at fixed frequency.

Empty Recycle Bin Automatically on Schedule on Windows

Whenever you want to delete something, you only worry about clicking on the delete button. The computer did what you wanted it to do, and that was to eliminate the file. Most tech-savvy users know that just because you delete a file, it doesn’t mean that the archive can’t easily be recovered. All you have to do is go to the recycling bin and search for your file.

If there are important files you need to get rid of, you need to empty out the trash bin right after you delete those files. Those files are not only taking up valuable space on your computer but anyone with access to your computer can quickly recover them.

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How to Empty Recycle Bin Automatically on a Schedule

You mean to empty out the recycling bin regularly but with so many things to do you just forget. The good news is that you can program your Windows 10 computer to empty out the trash for you. That way, you have one less thing to worry about. Doesn’t that sound nice?

The first tool you’re going to need is the Task Scheduler. Open Start and search for it. Right-click on the Task Scheduler Library and click on New Folder.

How to Empty Windows 10 Recycle Bin on Schedule

Go ahead and name your folder, but remember to give it a descriptive name. Also, make sure that it’s a name separates your tasks from the system tasks. To the left of your display, you should see your recently created folder. Click on it so you can select Create task from the pop-up menu.

You should be at a new Create Task window. The first thing you need to do here is to give your task a name such as Empty Recycling Bin. Click on the Triggers tab (that is right next to the General tab) and click on New. You’ll need to do this so you can create the action that will trigger the task.

Automatically Empty Recycle Bin Windows 10

Where it says Begin the task, you can choose for the action to be completed when you log on, on an event, at startup or on a schedule. Let’s say you choose On a schedule from the drop-down menu. I would recommend that you empty out the recycling bin every week or even every month. This way, if you accidentally erase something you have time to get it back.

Got to the Actions tab (next one over) and click on New at the bottom. Under Settings, on Programs/script, type cmd.exe. Once again under Settings, on Add arguments type in /c “echo Y|PowerShell.exe -NoProfile -Command Clear-RecycleBin“.

Easily Empty Recycle bin Automatically on Windows 10

Don’t forget to click on OK so your computer can complete the task. Once you’ve finished all the steps, the next time the week is over the recycling bin in your Windows 10 computer will be emptied automatically. That is if you set it up like that.

The set up required a few clicks here and there, but it wasn’t something that only an expert could do. Now, you don’t have to worry about those unnecessary files piling up and slowing down your computer.

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We hope that you were able to set up your PC to empty Recycle Bin automatically on schedule after following the steps above.

If you want to keep your computer in the best possible condition, it’s important that you regularly empty out the recycling bin. Not only can your files fall into the wrong hands, if you share your computer, but it can also slow down your computer. How often will you empty out the recycling bin? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Judy Sanhz
I can never get enough of tech in general, whether it's Android or web apps but helping others solve their tech problems also brings great satisfaction. I carry a device wherever I go, and I'm always connected. Life without the Internet just sounds too scary to me. :-)


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