Using the Recycle Bin

Learn all about using the Windows 98 recycle bin to permanently delete files in this free lesson.

Using the Recycle Bin

Sometimes files and folders can clutter your computer. The Recycle Bin, the desktop icon that resembles a wastebasket, is where you put a file or folder if you want to get rid of it.

Recycle Bin icon

To move an item to the Recycle Bin in Windows Explorer or My Computer:

  • Click the file or folder you want to get rid of.
  • The file or folder darkens.
  • Choose FileactionDelete.

OR

  • Drag the file or folder to the Recycle Bin.
    • In Windows Explorer, drag it to the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop or to Recycle Bin folder in the left pane.
    • In My Computer, make sure the window is not maximized so you can drag the file or folder onto the desktop.
  • A dialog box appears asking Are sure you want to send the file or folder to the Recycle Bin?
  • Click Yes.

Dragging the Things to Do File To the Recycle Bin

OR

  • Right-click the file or folder you want to delete.
  • When the pop-up menu appears, choose Delete.
  • A dialog box appears asking Are sure you want to send the file or folder to the Recycle Bin?
  • Click Yes.