Automating the Process of Clearing the Recycle Bin

Encountering unneeded files in Windows 11, you might promptly delete them. However, permanently removing these files requires more than just a simple deletion. Even after being deleted, these files linger in the recycle bin, still recoverable.

This tutorial will demonstrate setting up a scheduled task to automatically clear the recycle bin. This automation allows you to focus on more critical tasks without fretting over the status of your recycle bin.

  1. To schedule the recycling bin, open the Task Scheduler by searching for it in the search bar.
  2. In the Task Scheduler screen, right-click on Task Scheduler Library > New Folder…how to empty trash bin in windows 11
  3. Give the folder a name, like “Auto Del Bin” or something recognizable for the task. Right-click on the new folder and choose to Create task.  On the General tab, give your task a name that describes what it does in the Name to empty trash bin in windows 11 1
  4. Select the Triggers tab then choose the New button at the bottom left.
  5. Select the Begin the task > On a schedule.
  6. I recommend you choose the monthly or weekly option if the schedule option is being used as a trigger. There will also be an option where you can decide when you want the cleaning to begin. Right below that, you can also choose the day.take out recycling bin for windows 11
  7. Select the Actions tab, followed by the new option at the bottom right. Under Settings where it says Programs/script type cmd.exe and also under Settings, in Add arguments type:
    1. /c "echo Y|PowerShell.exe -NoProfile -Command Clear-RecycleBin" -Force

Ensure all details are correctly entered, then click “OK” to complete setting up your task.


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