Unit 6.  The Recycle Bin

Get to know the Recycle Bin


The Recycle Bin is nothing more than a space on the hard disk reserved to store information that is deleted so that in the event of deleting a file or folder by mistake it is possible to retrieve it. By default the Recycle Bin restores files or folders to the place from where they were deleted. If, for example, a file is deleted from D:\my documents, when it is restored it will go to that folder.

The Recycle Bin will maintain the deleted documents until it is emptied.

To open the Recycle Bin place the cursor on Desktop and double-click on the Recycle Bin icon.

The following window is the Recycle Bin window. It is possible that it will not look the same as yours because it can be customized.


The Recycle Bin window is similar to the Windows Explorer window, and they have similar options in common, such as customizing the window, the views, etc...

In the Recycle Bin attributes such as the original location of the file or folder before it was deleted will appear as well as the date and time when it was deleted.

Restoring Files or Folders.

Restoring files or folders to their original location.

To restore all of the elements from the Recycle Bin click on the green arrow on the left side that says Restore all items.

If we only want to restore some of the elements:

1) Select the elements to be restored by clicking on them. If the elements are not in subsequent order, use the Ctrl key to select them or the Shift key if they are one below the other.

2) Once selected, a dialog box will appear on the green arrow on the left that will say Restore this item or Restore the selected items.

The selected files will return to where they were located before deletion.

If the right side of the Recycle Bin is not visible you can also restore from the File menu by choosing the option Restore.


If you do not know where the files were before deletion, check before restoring on the route that is shown on the column original location because that is where it will save it.

Restoring Files or folders in a different location than their original location.

1) Select the elements to be restored.

2) Click on the elements with the right mouse button and the shortcut menu will be displayed; select the option Cutor (ctrl+X).

3) Locate the folder where you want the files to be restored; and click Paste or (ctrl+V).

To practice these operations we suggest you do the Exercise Restoring Files or Folders


Deleting Files or Folders from the Recycle Bin

Before deleting any element from the Recycle Bin you need to realize that once it is deleted it cannot be retrieved or restored.

If you want to delete any file or folder from the Recycle Bin follow these steps:

1) Select the Elements to be deleted..

2) Click on ; this will delete the selected elements. You can also do this by pressing the Delete button.

The selected files will disappear and cannot be restored.

If a window appears asking if you are sure that you want to delete the selected file or folder click Yes if you are sure you want it deleted.

To practice these operations we suggest you do the Exercise Deleting Files or Folders


Emptying the Recycle Bin

The elements that are deleted usually remain in the recylce bin and in time we need to empty it to free space or because we do not want to have those elements still there.

In order to do this, simply empty the Recycle Bin by clicking on the icon located on the left labeled Empty the Recycle Bin.

A window will appear asking Confirm you want to delete these X elements? where X is the number of elements currently in the Recycle Bin . Click Yes to empty it.

You can also empty the Recycle Bin from the File menu and select Empty the Recycle Bin .

There is an even quicker way. Simply right click on the Recycle Bin icon and a menu with the option Empty the Recycle Bin. If you do it this way, you have to be sure that you want to empty the Recycle Bin since you will not be able to see what you are deleting.

To practice the operations we suggest you do the Exercise Emptying the Recycle Bin


If you want to learn how to have the deleted element not go to the Recycle Bin or customize the space used for the Recycle Bin click here

  Exercises for Unit 6.


  Evaluation for Unit 6.


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