[Solved] Can’t See Deleted Files in Recycle Bin

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on November 28, 2012

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One of our reader reported us that he suddenly noticed a new thing started happening on his computer after he installed some temporary files cleaner program for windows and ticked some options related to files cleaning through recycle bin and after that even after uninstalling the program when ever he deletes a file in windows, he cant see the files in recycle bin which was happening before installing this software.

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Tip: Recover Deleted Files From Recycle Bin To Different Folder Other Than Original Folder

Most of the windows users have a habit of doing the soft delete on files stored on the computer, by soft delete it means that you can still easily recover the files deleted in windows, in such case when ever a user press delete button the keyboard or right click on a file and then select delete.

soft delete windows

The file is not permanently deleted but stored in recycle bin which is a special folder which stores all the deleted files this way.

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Fix Deleted Files Does Not Show Up in Recycle Bin

In order make sure that all the deleted files should show up in recycle bin, you will need to reconfigure a windows settings which is normally enabled by default, as in this case the suspected software has changed the windows settings to by pass the recycle bin while deleting files.

Right-click the Recycle Bin icon, and then click Properties.

recycle bin properties

In the Recycle Bin Properties dialog box, make sure that the radio box which says Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted is not selected as shown in the image below.

do not move recycle bin

Also check if the check box which says Display delete confirmation dialog is checked so that before you delete any file it should ask for the confirmation however this feature is unrelated to the issue we are discussing, but is helpful for most of the windows users.

You should also know that those files which you delete from external media like the following deletion actions do not send files to the Recycle Bin, whether or not the Recycle Bin is active:

  • Deletions from removable disks (CD-RWs, floppy disks, Zip drives, and other removable disks).
  • Deletions from remote shares.
  • Deletions from compressed (zipped) folders.
  • Deletions at the command line.

Additional Tip: If you want a file not to see in recycle bin and you are sure you want to permanently delete it, then you should select a file and press Shift + Delete key while deleting the file.

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