Windows 10 Deleted Items Missing from Recycle Bin (EXPERT FIX)

Files deleted on Windows 10 will be recycled to the bin. The Recycle Bin is a special place where removed items reside. They stay there until a user selects the empty bin. The files will not be deleted automatically. They can be optionally removed from the bin, and can be returned at any time.

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Items deleted from Windows 10 are not in the Recycle Bin

When you delete a file, it will go to the Recycle Bin. Here’s how deleting files works on Windows 10 and all older versions of Windows (98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 / 8.1). Behavior has not changed in years but there are some exceptions to this.

Files, when removed, will not be sent to the recycling bin if any of the following are true.

  • The user deleted the file by pressing Shift + Delete.
  • Used to delete a file from Command Prompt.
  • The deleted file was very large in size and could not fit in the Recycle Bin.
  • The file was extracted from a flash storage device eg SD card.
  • The Recycle Bin was full when the file was deleted.

1. Recover the deleted file

If you have deleted files that are not in the recycle bin, there is a small chance that you will recover them. If you have not restarted the system after deleting your files, you will have a better chance of recovering the file.

  1. Download the Windows File Recovery Tool from Microsoft Store.
  2. Open Promptly forward with administrative rights.
  3. Run this command to recover file (s) you deleted.
winfr source-drive: destination-folder /n

Note: The destination folder should not be on the same driver as the Source driver. Run the Help command to learn more about file updates with this tool or read about it here.

2. Add deleted files to Recycle Bin

Windows 10 allows users to delete files without sending them to the Recycle Bin. If you want to start sending files to the recycle bin, you need to enable it.

  1. Right click on the recycle bin on the desktop and select real estate from the context menu.
  2. Uncheck an ‘Do not move files to the Recycle Bin option’.
  3. Click Submit and then OK.
  4. All files you delete from this point will be forwarded sent to recycling bin.

3. Make the Recycle Bin bigger

If you frequently run out of space on the Recycling Bin, you should increase its size. You should know that the size of the Recycle Bin cuts into the free storage space on your system. On low storage devices eg Surface tablet, this solution may not be practical.

  1. Right click on the recycle bin on the desktop and select real estate from the context menu.
  2. Under Settings for a selected location, select Custom Size.
  3. Enter a new larger size for the Recycle bin.
  4. Click Enter and then OK.

4. Reset the recycling bin

Your recycling bin may be having problems and you can reset it so that it works normally again.

  1. Open Promptly forward with administrative rights.
  2. Run the following command to reset the Recycle Bin.
rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin
  1. Restart the system.

5. Review scripts and automation tasks

Many users run scripts or set up automated tasks to remove files from the Recycle Bin on a regular basis. This takes the workload away from the user but that may be why your files do not show up in the Recycle Bin. If you have a script or automation function set up to manage the Recycle Bin, turn it off and try deleting your files.


The Recycle Bin is a reliable feature and by storing files it gives you an easy way to restore them if you need a file that has ever been deleted or if you have deleted a file unknown. It is always helpful to delete deleted comments first to the Recycle Bin, and to clear them later after a certain period of time has passed.

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