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Chapter 5. Windows Survival Guide > Trashing Files in the Recycle Bin - Pg. 51

Windows Survival Guide You can further customize My Computer or Windows Explorer by opening the View or Tools menu and choosing Options or Folder Options (depending on the Windows version you are using). In older versions of Windows, the Options command enables My Computer to display file name extensions (the last three letters following the period in a file's name) and enables you to keep a separate window open whenever you click a folder icon. In newer versions of Windows, the Folder Options command enables you to enter similar preferences, and to view your computer, disks, folders, and files as Web objects that you can single-click (see "Mastering the Active Desktop" in Chapter 6, for details). 51 Trashing Files in the Recycle Bin Windows has an onscreen trash can into which you can dump the files and icons you no longer need. Simply drag an icon from the Windows desktop or from My Computer or Windows Explorer over the Recycle Bin icon and release the mouse button. The file is moved to the Recycle Bin. However, the file is not really deleted until you empty the Recycle Bin. You can still recover a file if you deleted it by mistake even if you have turned off the computer after deleting the file. There are other ways to send files to the Recycle Bin: · Right-click a file or folder and select Delete from the context menu. · Select the file or folder and click the Delete button in the toolbar (the button with the X on it). · Select the file or folder, and then press the Del key on your keyboard. Recovering Deleted Files Pulling things out of the Recycle Bin is as easy as dragging them into it. Double-click the Recycle Bin icon to display its contents. Click the item you want to restore (Ctrl+click to select additional items); then perform one of the following steps: · To restore the selected items to their original locations, open the File menu and select Restore. · Drag the selected item onto the Windows desktop or into a folder displayed in My Computer or Windows Explorer. · Right-click one of the selected files or folders and select Restore. Emptying the Recycle Bin The Recycle Bin can consume a good chunk of your hard disk space with the files you pitch in there. To reclaim this disk space you can empty the Recycle Bin; but be careful--you might not be able to recover the files after emptying the Bin. If you're sure the Recycle Bin does not contain any files you might need, take the following steps to empty it: Notable Note If you get an error message saying you are out of disk space, before you begin deleting programs and files you might need, check the Recycle Bin to make sure it's empty.