Recovering a deleted file from the Windows Recycle Bin
Recovering a deleted file from the Windows Recycle Bin.
By default when a file is deleted in Microsoft Windows 95 and higher it's automatically sent to the Windows Recycle Bin in case it needs to be recovered if the file was mistakenly deleted. Below are the simple steps that can be followed to recover those files if they were mistakenly deleted.
- Get to the Desktop where you can see the Recycle Bin icon. If there is any files in the Recycle Bin the icon should appear with trash in the Bin.
- Double-click the Recycle Bin icon to open the window displaying all files in the Recycle Bin. If no files are seen skip to the below paragraph.
- To restore any of the deleted items you can follow any of the below steps.
3a. Highlight the files you wish to restore, right-click the file and select the Restore option. This will restore the file from the original location it was deleted.
3b. Highlight the files you wish to restore, right-click the file and select Cut. Next, explore to the location you wish to move the deleted item to and click Paste.
3c. Drag-and-drop the icons from the Recycle Bin to the folder you wish them to be stored at.
If the Recycle Bin is empty you may have enabled Windows to not send the file to the Recycle Bin or it's more likely that the Recycling bin has already been emptied by you or someone else who uses the computer. If files are seen in the Recycling bin but not an older file you're looking for it's likely that older file has been removed to make room for other deleted files.