To empty the Recycle Bin


On the desktop, double-click Recycle Bin.


On the File menu, click Empty Recycle Bin.


Emptying the Recycle Bin permanently deletes all items.


If you only want to remove some of the items in the Recycle Bin, hold down CTRL, and then click each item that you want to remove. When you have finished selecting the items that you want to remove, on the File menu, click Delete.

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