Windows 10 has a feature called Storage Sense that will delete files from the Recycle Bin after 30 days. You can use a little command and a scheduled task and delete files older than x days from any folder. If the scheduled task is a bit too much for you to set up, and you want something simple like Storage Sense but with more flexibility, give Auto Recycle Bin a try. It’s an app that will empty the Recycle bin after x number of days. It has a GUI that makes it easy to use. All an end user has to do is pick the number of days after which the recycle bin should be emptied.
Download Auto Recycle Bin and install it.
Empty Recycle Bin
When you first install and run Auto Recycle Bin, it will scan the Recycle Bin. The bigger the recycle bin, the longer it will take to complete the scan.
Once it’s done scanning, it will ask you how you want to empty the recycle bin. It has three different modes but if you’re looking to mimic Storage Sense, you should select ‘Periodically on the background’.
If the other options appeal to you, you can select them but they come with nothing that you can customize. It’s all automated. That said, users might find the ”On Windows OS startup” option pretty useful.
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Click Save Settings to continue. If you selected the ‘Periodically on the background’ option, it will let you select the number of days after which it will delete files in it. You can also limit the recycle bin by size i.e. it should not be bigger than a certain percentage of your Windows drive, or you can limit its size in MB. The app will delete bigger and older files over newer, smaller files if you restrict it to a certain size.
The manual option in Auto Recycle Bin forces you to open the app and manually delete files in the recycle bin by clicking a button in the app. This app has a pretty great interface. It looks like it belongs in Windows 10 and may as well be a panel in the Settings app. It also works on older versions of Windows which means if you like Storage Sense on Windows 10, but are not a fan of the OS in general, you can get it on whichever version of Windows you’re currently running.
Storage Sense was added in a later build in Windows 10. If you’re sticking to an older build for whatever reason, you can get the feature through this app on your current build. The app is great but if we had to put something on a wishlist, it would be that you could add any folder to the app, and it would empty it on schedule.