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Lesson 11. Understanding File Properties... > Emptying the Recycle Bin - Pg. 95

Understanding File Properties and the Recycle Bin 95 Figure 11.7. The Recycle Bin window. Emptying the Recycle Bin To keep your hard disk drive "lean and mean," you're going to have to empty the Recycle Bin from time to time, especially if you get an error message when you try to save a file saying that there is insufficient disk space. Caution Do You Have Enough Room? --You should check your hard disk space occasionally to make sure you have enough room to add more files. If you don't have much space left on the drive, you should empty your recycle bin. To check your available disk space, open the My Computer window, click the hard drive icon to select it, and then check the amount of free space listed on the status bar. Selected Files You may not want to remove all the files from the Recycle Bin, especially if you think you might need some of them again. To remove only specified files from the Recycle Bin: 1. 2. Select the files you want to delete (see Lesson 9, "Managing Files with My Computer," to learn how to select files). Press the Delete key, click the Delete button on the toolbar, or choose File, Delete from the menu. Tip What's in a File? --Before you permanently delete a file from your hard drive, you may want to check its contents first. To open a file from the Recycle Bin, drag the icon to the desktop and then double-click it.