Recycle Bin is one of the most ignored areas of Windows. Microsoft hasn’t tried to improve the Recycle Bin for a long time. While a right-click on Recycle Bin icon on desktop and then click on Properties options provides settings to configure the disk space allotted to Recycle Bin, it doesn’t offer options to manage deleted items. For instance, Recycle Bin lacks options to delete items older than a week or month. One needs to manually search and delete items.
Often we delete items from one or more folders to the Recycle Bin. Although we can use Shift + Delete keys to completely remove items (bypassing Recycle Bin) it’s always safe to delete items to the Recycle Bin so that you can always restore deleted items with a click.
One of the missing features of Windows Recycle Bin is that the user can’t delete items on the basis of time period. That is, you can’t easily delete items older than a week or a month from Recycle Bin. Users who would like to enhance the Recycle Bin by adding options to delete on the basis of time period can now download a free tool named Bin Manager.
BinManager is a brilliant free software that allows you delete all but the most recent items from your recycle bin. The cool thing about BinManager is that you don’t need to manually launch BinManager to delete older items. Once you download and install it, an entry will be added to Recycle Bin context menu. That means, you can access BinManager with a right-click on Recycle Bin icon.
Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon to see Delete items olden than Today, Yesterday, 2 days, 3 days, 7 days, or 30 days option. You can select the appropriate option to empty your recycle bin.
And if you’re using Windows 8, we encourage you check out how to enable or disable delete confirmation box feature.