The Recycle Bin
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The Recycle Bin is used to hold files or programs or any data we wish to delete from the computer until we are sure we want to delete the information permanently.
The icon for the Recycle Bin is a trash can which appears empty unless there is data in it. If the Recycle Bin contains one or more items, it appears as a trash can holding crumpled pieces of paper, as shown in Figure 29. Notice the information that appeared when the pointer was hovered (mouse over) the Recycle Bin.
To delete something from the desktop or a file list in Windows Explorer, we can move it to the Recycle Bin with drag and drop. To review drag and drop, heres one way to do it. Place the mouse pointer over the item (a folder, shortcut, program file, document, etc.), highlight it and then right click the item. Now, while holding the right mouse button down, move the mouse over to the top of the Recycle Bin and release the mouse button. This is known as drag (moving the mouse with the button pressed) and drop (letting go of the button when the mouse pointer is somewhere else).
After youve put something into it, the Recycle Bin displays as a trash can with crumpled paper. To see whats in it, double click on the Recycle Bin like you double clicked on the new folder earlier. A window will open, containing a list of all the items currently in the Recycle Bin. If you place the mouse pointer on one of those items and right-click, a context menu will open, giving you the option to Restore that item to its original location (un-delete), or to permanently Delete the item from the system. In general, you probably dont want to permanently delete items unless youre absolutely sure you dont need them. (This author tends to let things sit in the Recycle bin for at least a month, just in case theyre needed later.)
When you drag and drop an item or items into the Recycle Bin you will sometimes be asked if you are sure that is what you really want to do? Chose to click on the Yes button to confirm this or try using the ALT + Y keys to confirm the move.
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