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Using the Recycle Bin

The Windows Recycle Bin can't prevent every file management disaster, but it can help you recover if you accidentally delete a crucial file. When you use Windows Explorer to delete a local file, it doesn't actually disappear; instead, the Recycle Bin intercepts and stores it. The file remains there until you empty the Recycle Bin or until it is displaced by a newer deleted file. As long as that file remains in the Recycle Bin, you can recover the file intact.

Tip

Remember to verify that your files are actually being stored in the Recycle Bin by looking at the properties of that icon (addressed in more detail later in this chapter). In the Recycle Bin properties, you can specify whether to utilize the Recycle Bin as temporary undelete storage by choosing or not choosing the Remove Files Immediately When Deleted option.



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