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How recycle bin works

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Understanding The Recycle Bin

The recycle bin is a virtual trashcan where all your deleted files and folders are tossed into. By default, Microsoft Windows uses 10% of available disk space to save files so it functions as a temporary storage location. This means that as long as deleted items remain in there, you can always browse through them and restore them back to their original location in case they were deleted by accident or if you decided you needed them again. This gives your files a layer of protection from complete deletion.

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Accessibility of items in the recycle bin

Items in the recycle-bin cannot be accessed unless restored back to their original location. You can restore them by double clicking on the trashcan icon. This will open a new window, and then select the files and/or folders that you want to restore. After selecting them, right click on the files and select the option Restore.

The recycle-bin resides by default on the desktop of the operating system. In Windows OS you can choose to hide the icon or show it.

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To show or hide the icon on the desktop

Go to the Start button, click on Control Panel, click on Appearance and Personalization, and then click on Personalization.

In the left pane, click on Change desktop icons, and then select or deselect the Recycle-Bin option.

Click OK.

This option for showing or hiding the recycle bin is not available for Microsoft Windows XP. Only Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 have the option.

Advantages of the recycle bin

Deleted files or folders are temporarily stored there.

    Functions as a safe for items are deleted by accident.

    You can restore deleted items to their original location.

    Items remain in there until you restore or dispose of them.

Only items (files and folders) that are originally residing or stored within the operating system will go to the recycle-bin layer if you delete them. Items from an external storage media device such as a network drive, external hard drive, USB memory, etc., will not go to there if you delete them. This is important to know because you won’t be able to restore them back if this happens, so make sure to delete items that you absolutely don’t need again.

Empty the recycle bin

The recycle-bin takes hard drive space. This does no’t mean that you have to empty it but it’s good to remember when you’re cleaning your computer to clear out space.

To empty the recycle-bin, right click the icon and click the “Empty Recycle Bin” option.

How to differentiate between a file and a folder

How to differentiate between a file and a folder
An essential concept to understanding files and folders when working with computers is the system for organizing, storing, and locating your files in the operating system. Like in the real world where paper records are kept organized by means of a filing system, in computers, Continue reading “How to differentiate between a file and a folder”

How to Understand Operating Systems with ease

Understanding Operating Systems

Understanding operating systems is essential to every computer user. Without at least a basic understanding, you would no’t have much use for a computer. The three main types of operating systems today are Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux, and all of them share a similar visual structure. Continue reading “How to Understand Operating Systems with ease”

How to Understand Binary Code

Understanding Binary Code

Binary code is the language that computers communicate with and use to process information. Our human ability to communicate with others is done in a number of ways, Continue reading “How to Understand Binary Code”

how to fix a stopped working keyboard

how to fix a stopped working keyboard

If your keyboard stopped working, there are a few things you can check to troubleshoot what the problem might be. Depending on the situation, you can try one of the following: Continue reading “how to fix a stopped working keyboard”

Difference between 32/64 bit operating system

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32 vs 64 bit operating system

You’ve probably seen 32-bit and 64-bit options available whenever you download an Continue reading “Difference between 32/64 bit operating system”

Inside The Computer

Inside The Computer

Do you know what’s inside the computer case? At this point Continue reading “Inside The Computer”

Parts of a Computer Desktop

Parts of a Computer Desktop


The parts of a computer desktop can be broken down in two groups. It is important to point out that the word computer defines a single device; however Continue reading “Parts of a Computer Desktop”

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