How to Copy Recycle Bin


The Recycle Bin is a folder located on Windows operating systems that stores recently deleted files. Deleted files are moved to the Recycle Bin as a safety precaution, in case you accidentally delete a file you didn’t intend to delete. Once a file is moved to the Recycle Bin, it can either be restored back to its original location or permanently deleted from the computer. Files in the Recycle Bin are able to be copied, but first they must be restored.

  • Right click on the desktop to open a pop up menu.

  • Move the mouse over “New” to open a side menu.

  • Click “Folder” to create a new folder. Name the folder something you will remember, such as “Copied Recycle Bin.”

  • Double click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop to open the folder.

  • Click “Edit” on the top menu bar to open a drop down menu.

  • Click “Select all” to highlight all of the files.

  • Right click one of the highlighted files; it does not matter which. A pop up menu will appear.

  • Click “Cut" to copy the files. The files will be copied, not deleted. "Cut" does not refer to the command to delete the files, rather the "cut and paste" command.

  • Double click the “Copied Recycled Bin” folder to open it. It will not have any files in it at this time.

  • Click “Edit” on the top menu bar to open a drop down menu.

  • Click “Paste” to transfer copies of the Recycle Bin files into the “Copied Recycle Bin” folder.

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