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How To Bypass Recycle Bin While Deleting Files in Windows 11


Windows stores the deleted files into the recycle bin, thus consuming the same storage as allotted before deletion. It seems that you’ve decided to delete the files permanently by not storing them in the recycle bin on deletion.

skip recycle bin after deleting files in windows

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to bypass/skip recycle bin when deleting files on Windows:


Step 1: Single-click and select the file that you want to delete and press the “Shift + Delete” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 2: A pop-up message stating the following warning:
“Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file” will appear.
Click the “OK” button to delete the file permanently.


Step 1: Right-click the recycle bin icon and click the “Properties” option from the context menu.

Step 2: In the General tab, select the “Don’t move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted” option and click the “Apply” button.

click the "remove files immediately when deleted" option and click the apply button
Remove Files Immediately when Deleted

Note: Next time onwards, when you delete any file, it will be deleted permanently rather than being stored in the recycle bin.


Step 1: Open the Command Prompt from the Start menu.

command prompt icon in windows 11
Command Prompt (CMD) Icon

Step 2: To change the directory to the folder where you want to delete the file, type the command: “cd File-Location”.

locating the file to be deleted using cmd
Locating the File using CMD

Step 3: To delete the file using command prompt, type the command “del File-Name.extension“. Remember to replace the “File-Name.extension” with the name of the file you want to delete.

delete file permanently using command prompt
Deleting the File Permanently using CMD

For example: You want to delete a file from the desktop. In the command prompt, type: “cd c:/Users/UserName/Desktop” (without quotation marks) to locate into the desktop directory and type “del File-Name.extension” (without quotation). Once the file is deleted using Command Prompt, it will not be stored in the recycle bin.


Step 1: Open the PowerShell from the Start menu.

powershell app icon in windows 11
PowerShell App Icon

Step 2: Use the “cd” command to change the directory to the folder where you want to delete the file.

locating the file to be deleted permanently using powershell
Locating the File using PowerShell

Step 3: Type the command “Remove-Item File-Name.extension” (without quotation marks). Remember to replace the “File-Name.extension” with the name of the file you want to delete in that folder.

delete file permanently using powershell
Deleting the File Permanently using PowerShell

For example: You want to delete a file from the desktop. In the PowerShell, type: “cd c:/Users/UserName/Desktop” (without quotation marks) to locate into the desktop directory and type “Remove-Item File-Name.extension” (without quotation) to remove the file. Once the file is deleted using PowerShell, it will not be stored in the recycle bin


NOTE: This method involves adding an extra option named “Delete Permanently” in the context menu. When you delete files using this option, the files will not be stored in the recycle bin.

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo Key + R” key combination to open Windows Run, type: regedit, and hit the enter key.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell. Right-click the empty space and add a new “Key” value and name it as “Windows.PermanentDelete” (without quotation marks).

add a new key named "windows.permanentdelete"
“Windows.PermanentDelete” key

Step 3: In the “Windows.PermanentDelete” key, right-click the empty space and add the following String Keys:

  • CommandStateSync
  • ExplorerCommandHandler – Double-click and add the value data as {E9571AB2-AD92-4ec6-8924-4E5AD33790F5}.
  • Icon – Double-click and add the value data as shell32.dll,-240.
  • Position – Double-click and the value data as Bottom/Top/Middle.
add the string keys to add permanently delete option in the right click context menu
Four String Keys

Step 4: Restart your computer to make changes take effect properly.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Suggested Article: Backup and Restore Registry Keys in Windows.


How many days will the Recycle Bin hold deleted data?

By default, the deleted data is retained in the recycle bin until the user removes it from the recycle bin permanently. However, custom settings to delete the data from the recycle bin automatically after a certain time period can be added.

Does the Recycle Bin have a limit?

The recycle bin consumes approximately 5% of the total size of a disk volume. For example, on a 100 GB drive, the recycle bin consumes about 5 GB of storage (which means, rest of the 95 GB is usable).

Does putting a file in recycling bin permanently deletes?

No, simply placing the files in the recycle bin will not delete them permanently, they can be restored. Instead, the recycle bin is used for temporary storage and functions as the final stop for storing the deleted files before they are permanently deleted.

Does files in the recycle bin consume storage?

Yes, the files in the recycle bin take up the same amount of space as originally did before they were deleted.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to skip recycle bin and delete files permanently, just after pressing the delete key.

You are free to use the methods listed above to remove the files permanently If you aren’t interested to keep the files in the recycle bin and cluttering up your disc capacity by storing the unused deleted files

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