Save some space with the Recycle Bin

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The Recycle Bin…that ever-present repository that is ready to receive all of the computer’s data that you no longer need. Is yours using more space than it needs to?

Do a right-click on the Recycle Bin icon, and choose Properties. You should see an indication of the maximum size allowed for the amount of data being held in the Bin. In Windows Vista, I generally set mine to about 1000 mb (1 gb). If you use XP, you have a slide bar that allows you to set it to be a certain percentage of the hard drive. 5% is probably fine, and it should never be more than 10%.

By limiting the amount of data that can be stored in the Recycle Bin, you are freeing up hard drive space. For older computers with smaller hard drives, this can be an important factor.

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