Clear Recycle Bin Content Automatically Using Storage Sense

Sometimes deleting junk from your computer does not clear them from your PC’s HDD, so these files end up consuming part of your Local Disk C memory. If you are running Windows 10, then you can set your recycle bin in such a way that it periodically empties files older than a predetermined time.

Storage Sense, a feature designed to automate drive maintenance. Drive maintenance includes an option to automatically empty the Recycle Bin following an older than certain days bass. To utilize this feature, follow the following steps;

1. Launch settings by hitting on the windows button and searching by keying in ‘Settings’ .

2. Once launched, click on the system icon as highlighted below:

3. While here, navigate to ‘Storage’ found at the left column of this page. Click on it.

4. Proceed to Scroll down until you find a hot link written, ‘Change how we free up space automatically’.

However, if you are on Windows 10 May 2019 update, you might want to click the ‘Configure Storage Sense or run it now’ link, under the ‘storage’ section.

Once you are on the ‘storage sense’ section, turn on the toggle switch. Slightly below this button is another drop-down menu with the title ‘Run storage sense’. This drop-down menu lets you tweak the times that deletion shall occur automatically, say monthly for instance.

Feel free to use the ‘Recycle bin’ drop-down menu to specify the interval at which this automation should happen, for example Never (which disables this feature).

If you intend to limit Storage sense to delete files from the Recycle bin only, be sure to disable the content that you would like to be preserved before this automatic feature runs.

Once you have made all the desired adjustments, Storage sense will run automatically, clearing any files that have been in the Recycle bin longer than the newly specified time.


Congratulations for learning how to automatically declutter your Microsoft Windows OS.

Abdelrahman Reda

Abdelrahman Reda is a Motivated Support Engineer with 6+ years of corporate and consumer support experience. His experience related to administration of Network, NOC support, computers and anti-virus server, data entry, networking sites, remote support.

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