Windows assigns a maximum storage size for the Recycle Bin on each partition by default. Any item you delete from your computer is sent to the Recycle Bin. Deleted items remain in the Recycle Bin until they are manually deleted or the Recycle Bin Storage Size is reached. When the recycle bin’s maximum storage capacity is reached, Windows deletes the oldest files to make room for new ones.
Every partition on a Windows PC has its own Recycle Bin settings. The settings are saved in a hidden system folder at the root of each volume called “$RECYCLE.BIN.” You usually don’t have to do anything because the Recycle Bin handles the deleted files automatically. However, you can customize or change the size of the Recycle Bin’s storage if necessary.
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How to Resize the Recycle Bin Storage Size on Windows 11?
Follow these steps to customize the size of the recycle bin on your Windows 11 computer:-
- From the pop-up menu, right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select Properties.
- Each volume will be listed when the Recycle Bin Properties window opens. Under the General tab, select the volume and then the Custom size option.
- Step 3. In the “Maximum size (MB)” field, type a specific size in MB.
- Then click “Apply/OK” to save the changes.
The steps above must be repeated one by one for each volume.
Select the option “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin” in the above screen if you don’t want deleted items to be sent to the Recycle Bin. When files are deleted, remove them right away.”
You can also apply the additional settings to display the delete confirmation dialog while you’re on the above window. Check the option “Display delete confirmation dialog” if you want to see a message before sending the deleted item to the recycle bin.
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