Monday, October 6, 2008

5 Tips and Tricks on Changing Properties of Recycle Bin

Everybody used to the regular operations with Recycle Bin. You delete the file normal way, and it appears in Recycle Bin up to the moment you empty it. However, there are several opportunities to alter the main functionality of the Recycle Bin according to the user special needs, which are no so straightforward.

  1. Automatically Empty Recycle Bin
As we already mentioned, when we delete a file, that file will move into Recycle Bin by default. There, we have options whether to restore it or just empty the Recycle Bin. When you open the Recycle Bin properties with right click, while you highlight it, you can change the settings to remove files as soon as they are deleted. You can also choose to use the Shift+Delete option on your keyword to remove the file or folder permanently.

  1. Increasing Recycle Bin Size
You can increase and decrease the size of the Recycle Bin. There are some size limitations with Recycle Bin size, its default size is equivalent to 10 percent of the drive size. But if you delete a larger size file accidentally, it might be too big to fin in the default size of the Recycle Bin. Therefore, if disk space permits, you can increase the reserved space so you can retrieve the big file from Recycle Bin if needed.

  • First Right click on the Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop of your computer then go to Properties.
  • Adjust the slider bar in the center of the screen from 10% to maximum size as you want.
  • Then click OK button to save your new sitting and exit the Recycle Bin Properties Window.
  • After change reboot your computer to have Windows fully initiate the necessary changes to your system.
  1. Renaming Recycle Bin
I did not find for myself a valid reason to rename Recycle Bin desktop icon, but you might find one with ease.
  • Enter Windows built-in Registry Editor: Start >> Run >> regedit
  • Then Go To: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/CLSID/{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
  • Change the Name "Recycle Bin" to whatever you want without typing any quotes.
This video tutorial offers slightly different approach, but the result will be the same.

How to Rename Recycle Bin Desktop Icon?

  1. Removing Recycle Bin from Desktop
If you do not use the Recycle Bin to store deleted files as a safety buffer, you can get rid of its desktop icon completely.
  • Enter Windows built-in Registry Editor: Start >> Run >> regedit
  • Then Go To: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/explorer/Desktop/NameSpace.
  • Click on the "Recycle Bin" String in the Right Hand pane. Hit Delete, and click OK.
  1. More Recycle Bin Editing Options
Here even more extensive list of the Recycle Bin Hacks:
  • Add rename to the menu:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’CLSID’ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}’ ShellFolder
  • Add delete to the menu:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’CLSID’ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}’ ShellFolder
  • Add rename and delete to the menu:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’CLSID’ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} ’ShellFolder
  • Restore the recycle bin to Windows defaults including un-deleting the icon after deletion:
    Restore the icon.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’SOFTWARE’ Microsoft’ Windows ’CurrentVersion’ explorer’
    @="Recycle Bin"
  • Reset Windows defaults.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’CLSID’ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} ’ShellFolder
  • Other edits to the recycle bin icon:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’CLSID’ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}’ ShellFolder
    "Attributes"=hex:40,01,01,20 ... standard shortcut arrow
    "Attributes"=hex:40,01,02,20 ... a different shortcut arrow
    "Attributes"=hex:40,01,04,20 ... and still another shortcut arrow
    "Attributes"=hex:40,01,08,20 ... make it look disabled (like it’s been cut)

1 comment:

Sp said...

my recycle bin is hidden so i cant use properties tab wat to do , i only have short cut to recycle bin

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