How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10

Here’s how to empty the Recycle Bin:

On the desktop, right-click the “Recycle Bin” icon and select “Empty Recycle Bin”.

In the confirmation pop-up, click “Yes.”

That’s it.

Alternative Methods

Method #1

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

  • Click the “Empty Recycle Bin” option, which you can find under the “Recycle Bin Tools” tab in Ribbon 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.

Method #2

Open PowerShell.

Type this command: Clear-RecycleBin -Force

Press the Enter key.

That’s all.

Method #3

Open Disk Cleanup.

Select Recycle Bin and uncheck all others.

Hit the OK button.

In the confirmation pop-up, click Delete Files.

Note: You need to do this for every drive on your PC if you have more than one.

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