How To Empty Recycle Bin From Anywhere In Windows 10

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The Windows line family of Operating Systems has always been pretty feature loaded, getting better with each subsequent iteration. And the latest and greatest Windows 10 continues on that path, having more goodies that you’ll probably use. One such feature is the ever useful Quick Access Toolbar. Embedded into the title bar, it’s customizable, and lets you quickly access common actions such as undo, redo, and save. But did you know that you can also use it to remove the stuff in Recycle Bin, without actually even Recycle Bin?

Yep, you read that right. And believe me, it’s super easy. Jumping in excitement already? Let’s get the details on how you can empty recycle bin from anywhere in Windows 10.

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How To Empty Recycle Bin From Anywhere In Windows 10?

Purging Recycle Bin’s contents in one click is extremely simple. In essence, all you have to do for that is add the Empty Recycle Bin option to the Quick Access Toolbar. And it takes nothing more than a few seconds. Here’s a step by step tutorial (of course, with screenshots) explaining to get this done. Read on:

Step 1: Open up Recycle Bin, and expand the Ribbon Menu (if it’s not already showing). You can either do that by clicking the downward pointing arrow at the top right corner, or use the Ctrl+F1 keyboard shortcut.

windows 10 expand ribbon menu recycle bin

Step 2: Now that the Ribbon Menu is fully displayed, click on the Manage tab under the Recycle Bin Tools sub-category. Finally, right click on the Empty Recycle Bin option, and select the Add to Quick Access Toolbar option. Here’s a screenie:

windows 10 add empty recycle bin to quick access toolbar

That’s it fellas. From now on, you can use this Quick Access Toolbar option to delete the Recycle Bin’s contents from just about anywhere in the OS. Pretty rad if you ask me.

Also See: Customize Quick Access Toolbar In Windows 10

Wrapping It Up

The Quick Access Toolbar is an incredibly useful feature of Windows. It was introduced a couple of Windows versions back, and is even better in the freshly baked Windows 10. Add to it the fact that you can use it to quickly empty Recycle Bin from pretty much anywhere in the OS, and the pot is sweetened even more. Take it for a spin, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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