How to Make the Recycle Bin Empty Itself Every So Often

Joel Lee 07-12-2016

Unless you use the Shift + Delete to bypass the Recycle Bin every time you delete a file, you’re always going to end up with a bunch of trash that needs to be taken out once the Bin becomes too full.


But using Task Scheduler, you’ll never have to do this by hand again. Start by opening the Start Menu, searching for Task Scheduler, and launching it.


Once you have the Task Scheduler open:

  1. Click Create Basic Task on the right.
  2. Name it Recycle Bin Cleanup. Enter a description if you wish.
  3. Select a frequency. Monthly or Weekly are probably the best options — you don’t want it to be too frequent.
  4. Select the starting date and the day of the week on which you want the task to repeat.
  5. When prompted for an action, select Start a program.
  6. Under Program/Script, enter cmd.exe and under Add Arguments, enter /c “echo Y|PowerShell.exe -NoProfile -Command Clear-RecycleBin”
  7. Click Finish.

That’s all. Starting now, your Recycle Bin will clear itself on the date that you set and according to the frequency that you set.

Know of any other cool Windows tricks? Let us know in the comments!


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