How to Automatically Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows 11

Whenever you delete anything on your Windows OS, it will be directly moved to recycle bin. The data do not go to recycle bin if you have used shift + delete while deleting a file. In that case, you can’t restore your file.

Now sometimes we forget to delete data from recycle bin and it keeps using unnecessary space. There is a way to automate this process. You can automatically empty recycle bin on your Windows 11. Here is a step-by-step guide to enable it.

How to Automatically Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows 11

To delete all files automatically from recycle bin in Windows 11, we will use a Windows feature called Storage Sense. You can also delete downloaded files too by following this method.

Step 1: First of all open Windows 11 settings with Windows + I button on your keyboard.

Step 2: In Windows settings, click on the system in the left sidebar.

Click on the system in settings

Step 3: Now in the system, find and click on Storage.

click on Storage in the right sidebar

Step 4: Then find and click on Storage Sense under Storage Management.

click on Storage Sense under Storage Management

Step 5: Find the Automatic User Content Cleanup option in Storage Sense and then enable it.

Automatic User Content Cleanup option

Step 6: Now find the Run Storage Sense option and then select when you want to run this feature. You can run this tool automatically whenever you want. Select from available options like “Every Day,” “Every Week,” “Every Month,” or “During Low Free Disk Space”.

Step 7: You can also define how long a deleted file should stay in Recycle Bin.

Select from available options

Step 8: Once done, restart your computer to apply changes.

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That’s how simple it is to automatically empty the recycle bin in Windows 11 whenever the files are moved to recycle bin. Hope it helped you to keep your recycle bin empty forever!

Rahul Patel
Rahul Patel

Rahul is a blogger and a tech geek. By reviewing the latest technology and finding the solution of pesky errors, he feels immense pleasure. Driven by his innate interest in blogging, he adapted blogging as a full-time profession 4 years ago.

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