How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 11

Here are the steps to empty Recycle Bin manually in Windows 11:

Right-click the “Recycle Bin” icon on the desktop and select “Empty Recycle Bin.”

In the confirmation popup, click “Yes.”

That’s it.

Alternative Methods

How to Clear All Contents of Recycle Bin

After opening the Recycle Bin, you can do one of the following:

  • Click the “Empty Recycle Bin” option at the top. Click “Yes” in the confirmation popup.
  • Right-click on the blank area and select “Empty Recycle Bin.” Click “Yes” in the confirmation popup.
  • Press Ctrl + A and then press the “Delete” key. Click “Yes” in the confirmation popup.

How to Empty the Recycle Bin using Windows PowerShell

Open PowerShell.

Type this command: Clear-RecycleBin -Force

Press the Enter key.

That’s all.

How to Empty the Recycle Bin using Command Prompt

Open Command Prompt.

Type this command: powershell Clear-RecycleBin -Force

Press the Enter key.

That’s all. Open the Recycle Bin, and you can see it is empty now.

How to Empty Recycle Bin using Disk Cleanup

Open Disk Cleanup.

Select Recycle Bin and uncheck all others.

Hit the OK button.

In the confirmation popup, click Delete Files.

That’s all.

Note: You need to do this for each drive on your PC if you have over one.

I hope this guide, “How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.