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Easy way to empty Recycle Bin
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | Usability Page 2 | Unrated
Easy way to empty Recycle Bin

NOTE: This option might work on all versions of XP. You will have to try on your version if it is different than XP Pro. There is a similar tweak as this for Windows 98 and possibly ME. DO NOT USE THE TWEAK FOR WINDOWS 98!! It will screw up the Open With option when right-clicking files.

 

How would you like the option to be able to empty the Recycle Bin with just a right-click on a drive or folder in My Computer(Windows Explorer)? Here's how.

Copy this info into Notepad and save as a .reg file

For the option to appear when right-clicking a drive

 

;--------------------------------------------------------

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]

;--------------------------------------------------------

For the option to appear when right-clicking a folder

;--------------------------------------------------------

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]

;--------------------------------------------------------

For the option to appear for a drive and a folder

;--------------------------------------------------------

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]

;--------------------------------------------------------

Right-click the .reg file and select merge.

Note: The option will only be highlighted if there are files in the Recycle Bin. This can also be used as a quick check whether you have files in your Recycle Bin.

 

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I found out exactly nothing on how to empty recycle bin that madwe and sense.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This was taken from Tweakxp with no credit.
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this gives no useful info whatsoever!
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    DonT understand--is not presented clearly
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by Norwood Warmer)
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    Looking for info to empty recycle bin - all this shows is how to recover deleted recycle bin - Duh
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this sucked!
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this sux
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    shit
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    How a bout a simple way in simple english ???? Eldon Orton ELDON eldon1@scinternet,net Tnx, Eldon
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by Carbon Kopee)
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    How all you other commenters got here is beyond me!! What were you searching for anyhow? This is absolutely the AWESOME ANSWER I Have been looking for for a LONG TIME!!!! This is found in only commercial grade software (ie what you would pay for!)now for free! Don't you people realize this empty's your recycle bin with just a right click?!!!
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    makes no sense!
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Obviously only a beginner would ask this question. Are we supposed to understand these instructions?
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Stillc can't empty my trash can...
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    errrmmhh.... what's wrong with just emptying the recycle bin? there's a quicker way to tell if there's stuff in there, too ... look at it.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    crap and useless as
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how long can it possibly take do it the conventional way?not too long as far as i'm concern!credit for u putting it up 4 though!nice
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by ronnie)
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    saw absolutely NOTHING to answer question
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    To empty the Recycle bin, whithin the Recycle Bin Tasks section of the dialog box, select the "Empty the Recycle Bin" NOTE: To delete eg. Only certain files / folders the CTRL key (and keep it depressed). Click on the files you wish to delete from the Recycle Bin, and them release the Ctrl key. Finally, from the file drop menu, click on the Delete command. Or select all files and follow the same way. By Tefo Radebe
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i dont under stand it
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This taught me a little bit more about the registry and made using my computer a little more convenient. Thanks!!!
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    could not understand it
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This doesn't tell HOW in laymans terms how to do it?!
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Told me NOTHING. I still dont know how to empty my recycle bin I need more info THANKS
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by Michael)
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    This is what needs to be copied!!!!!!! Copy below to notepad, make up a name, change extension to .reg and the icon should change! If not, open any folder, select TOOLS / FOLDER OPTIONS / VIEW, then scroll down until you see (hide extensions for known files types) un-check it, and just make sure .reg is at the end of your file! / / / Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellexContextMenuHandlers{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}] @="Empty Recycle Bin" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellexContextMenuHandlersEmpty Recycle Bin] @="{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryBackgroundshellexContextMenuHandlersEmpty Recycle Bin] @="{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellexContextMenuHandlersEmpty Recycle Bin] @="{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFoldershellexContextMenuHandlersEmpty Recycle Bin] @="{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}"
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i find the suggestions very interesting
     
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