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Recycle bin shows empty - even when full

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by hotskates, Jan 22, 2002.

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  1. hotskates

    hotskates Thread Starter

    Jan 10, 2002
    Suddenly my recycle bin does not show me when it has something in it. It never did this before. How can I get it back to the way it was before?
  2. kimmer13


    Nov 28, 2001
    hi hotskates - right click on your desktop and go to Properties, then click on the tab called Effects. There will be Recycled Bin (Full) and a Recycle Bin (Empty). Is the icon showing for the (Full) one correctly here? If it's not, click on it and click the Default Icon button and it should correct.
  3. hotskates

    hotskates Thread Starter

    Jan 10, 2002
    Thanks for the reply Kimmer13, I already checked this and double checked this on the "effects".
    That's not the problem. Both full and empty icons show up there.
    Stuff goes into the recycle bin, but the icon on the desktop just doesn't show anything in it. Pretty weird? Any other ideas?
  4. hewee


    Oct 26, 2001
    You know mine just started that.
    I fixed it but if I have anything in the trash on the next bootup it showes the empty trash icon.
    But mine are the Norton Protect icon.
    I was looking in my Windows folder and it should have both icons there. It has two of them but they are both the empty trash icon.

    Have you clicked on them as if you are going to change the icon but just pick the ones you have now and ok your way out.
  5. Signature


    Sep 15, 2001
    <font face="comic sans ms" color="#577ac6">Right-click on your Recycle Bin's icon.
    Select Properties.
    You'll find a slider there, indicating the Maximum size of the Recycle Bin.
    Using this slider will adjust the percentage of Recycle Bin space.
    The lower the percentage, the more often you will be prompted to empty the Recycle Bin...
    ...or is it the higher the percentage?

    I dunno...it's to early for me to think on that one. :rolleyes:

    Mine's set to Use one setting for all drives, and my slider on the Global tab is positioned at 10%.
    Works well for me. :)

    Whatever percentage you move your slider to, don't forget to click the OK button for the changes to take effect.</font>
  6. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001

    Reboot in MS-DOS, and type the following lines to delete your recycle bin, clicking 'enter' after each line:

    attrib -s -h c:\recycled
    deltree c:\recycled
    (to return to Windows)

    Your Recycle bin will be recreated, and your problem should be over.

    Good luck,
  7. hotskates

    hotskates Thread Starter

    Jan 10, 2002
    Please dont hit me - but, I just remembered that last week I accidently deleted my recycle bin. I know this is a stupid beginner mistake. But you have to admit, it is easy to do if you right click looking to delete the contents you have many choices, one is to delete the recycle bin and one is to empty the recycle bin. Duhh I probably made another stupid beginner mistake by making a recycle bin shortcut to the desktop. This is probably why my recycle bin icon always shows "empty" even when it is full.

    So I am starting my question over - how do I get my original "recycle bin" back on?
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