Using the Recycle Bin

Learn what the Windows XP recycle bin is and how to use it in this free lesson.

Placing files in the Recycle Bin

To move an item to the Recycle Bin from the Desktop, Windows Explorer, or My Computer:

  • Click and drag the file or folder to the Recycle Bin.

OR

  1. Right-click the file or folder you want to delete.
  2. When the pop-up menu appears, choose Delete.
  3. A dialog box appears asking whether you are sure you want to send the file or folder to the Recycle Bin.
  4. Click Yes.

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

  1. Click the file or folder you want to delete.
  2. The file or folder darkens.
  3. Choose Delete this file (or Delete this folder) from the File and Folder Tasks list.