How to Empty Your Recycle Bin on a Schedule on Windows 10

Windows 10 logo

Using a built-in feature called Storage Sense, you can save disk space by setting Windows 10 to automatically delete files of a certain age that are in your recycle bin every day, week, or month. Here’s how to set it up.

First, launch “Settings” by opening the “Start Menu” and clicking the “gear” icon on the left. You can also press Windows + I to quickly open settings. In Settings, click on the “System” icon, then click on “Storage”.

Click on Storage in Windows 10 settings

At the top of the storage options, you’ll see a small paragraph of text about Storage Sense. Click on the slide switch located just below to put it in the “On” position. Then click on “Configure Storage Sense or run it now”.

Click the switch to enable Storage Sense in Windows 10 settings

In the “Storage Sense” options, you will want to take note of a few different settings. The first is how often Storage Sense is run, which is set with a drop-down menu titled “Run Storage Sense”. You can configure it to run daily, weekly, or monthly, or whenever disk space is low. Click on the menu and select the option that best suits you.

Select the Storage Sense run interval in Windows 10 settings

Since we’re only talking about deleting files from the recycle bin, uncheck the “Delete temporary files that my apps don’t use” checkbox if you don’t want Storage Sense to delete old temporary files. If necessary, also set the option “Remove files from my Downloads folder” to “Never” using the drop-down menu.

In between these you will find a drop-down menu titled “Delete files from my recycle bin if they have been there for a long time” and the options are “Never”, “1 day”, “14 days,” 30 days “or” 60 days ”.

Here’s how it works: Every time Storage Sense is run (depending on the previous setting), it automatically deletes files that have been in your recycle bin for longer than this time period. Using the menu, set it to the option you want.

Set the interval for deleting the file from the recycle bin in Windows 10 settings

After that you are free to close the settings.

If you change your mind about how often to empty the Trash (or want to turn it off), just go back to Settings> Storage and set Storage Sense to “Off.” Or, you can change the interval options again to suit your needs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.