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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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The Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin is your desktop trash basket. This is where you put files and folders when they've outlived their usefulness; it's the waiting room for data oblivion. There they stay, waiting to be rescued by being dragged out again, until you empty the Recycle Bin.

You can drag an icon on top of the Recycle Bin icon, or move highlighted folder or file icons into it using one of these techniques:

  • Press the Delete key.

  • Click the Delete icon on the Standard Buttons toolbar.

  • Choose FileDelete.

  • Right-click a highlighted icon and choose Delete from the shortcut menu.

You can put unwanted files or folders into the Recycle Bin from any folder window, from within Windows Explorer, or even inside the Open File dialog box of Windows applications.

Note

All of these methods put icons from your hard drive into the Recycle Bin. But deleting an icon from a removable drive (floppy, Jaz, or Zip drives, for example) or from other computers on the network, does not involve the Recycle Bin, and gives you no opportunity to retrieve them.

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