Stop auto-empty of Recycle Bin

(Windows 10 - newly installed on new desktop machine)

My recycle bin empties automatically even when there are only a few small items in it. I don't want that to happen in case I want to restore an item in there! How do I stop that?

Please check these points:

  • Right click on Recycle bin and see if Remove files immediately when deleted is checked.
  • Any security or back up program scheduled to run periodically to clean recycle bin?
  • Some programs like System Mechanic, Norton have their own system of cleaning Recycle Bin ..check if any such program running?
  • Does any partition has insufficient space for Recycle bin to keep deleted files.. sometimes space issue in one drive affects all the drive.
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"Empty Recycle Bin" is grayed out when I right click on it.

I checked with Norton - the support person said their security program does not auto-empty the bin.

This is a brand new machine so I doubt insufficient space is the issue since the files I have deleted so far are small.

I appreciate your suggestions - next steps? Ideas?

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Update - The Norton person I spoke to was mistakenly referring only to Norton internet security. I went to the Norton Community page and someone there indicated there is a setting in Norton Utilities (Privacy tab) where the automatic recycle bin deletion feature can be 'unchecked.' That solved the problem.

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Update - The Norton person I spoke to was mistakenly referring only to Norton internet security. I went to the Norton Community page and someone there indicated there is a setting in Norton Utilities (Privacy tab) where the automatic recycle bin deletion feature can be 'unchecked.' That solved the problem.

Hi JG94,

Glad that the issue got resolved. Thanks for updating.

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Reminder:

This will also happen, if you manually run Windows own Diskcleanup-feature, and don't remember to uncheck the Recycle Bin before cleanup.

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