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Windows 7: Size of files in Recycle Bin

16 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
Size of files in Recycle Bin

Is there an easy way of finding what the total size is of files held in the Recycle Bin? I tried selecting all the files and right clicking on one of the files and select "properties" but nothing happens

In XP and Vista (I think) this shows in the Recycle Bin status line, but for some reason this is not included in Windows 7.

I tried the program RecycleBinEx as mentioned in the forums but it is much more than I really need for this simple size detail.

Would be pleased if anyone has an easy solution.


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16 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Turn the Status Bar on.
Mine shows the size of all the files in it.
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16 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I've always had the status bar turned on.

All that it shows is the number of items , not the total SIZE of all the files . I note that you are using Windows 7 Pro , I have Windows 7 Home Premium.

In mine Windows 7 Home Premium it does not show the total file size for the Recycle Bin.
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16 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sanfranman View Post
I've always had the status bar turned on.

All that it shows is the number of items , not the total SIZE of all the files . I note that you are using Windows 7 Pro , I have Windows 7 Home Premium.

In mine Windows 7 Home Premium it does not show the total file size for the Recycle Bin.
Then you do not have the STATUS BAR turned on.
Size of files in Recycle Bin-recycle-bin-size.png


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16 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Sorry to disagree with you , but YES I most certainly have my status bar turned on , always have.

In any folder showing in Windows Explorer it just states the number of "items" only , on the status bar , NOT the total file size for the files in the folder.

As a matter of interest as you seem to infer that I can not understand this simple task , on my status bar showing at the bottom of the Recycle Bin states "65 Items" , nothing else.

In light of no other responses to my original post I'd say that is not an option to show this within Windows 7 Home Premium , but must be able to be viewed within Windows 7 Pro.

Shootist, thank you for your time.
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16 Apr 2011   #6

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

If you choose "details" view, you can see the file size of EACH file, but not the sum of all files.

I occasionally see the sum of all files after I hit the empty recycle bin button and I'll get an onscreen message asking if I want to delete all xxx gigabytes of data. This happens only when I have a lot of stuff in the bin, not when the sum is quite small.
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16 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thank you for replying.

I did a Google search just now and it seems that it is a well know annoyance with Windows 7 Home Premium.

It seems that the total size of all files within a folder is only shown on the status bar in Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate.

Seems like us "average joe" Home Premium users for whatever reason Microsoft seems to think we would have no need to ever want to know that.

Looking into open source replacements for Windows Explorer.

SFM
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16 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

If you want to you can try this:
1 - In Folder Options, turn on the display of hidden files and folders as well as protected operating system files.
2 - Browse to your C: drive, right click $Recycle.Bin and select properties. You can then check the size of the recycle bin!!!
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16 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thank jacksunny, but I found an easy solution. As recommended by numerous posters in these forums , I have downloaded the open source program Classic Shell which enhances Windows Explorer in Windows 7 as well as gives a much better (well I think so) Start Menu.
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16 Apr 2011   #10
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Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sanfranman View Post
Thank you for replying.

I did a Google search just now and it seems that it is a well know annoyance with Windows 7 Home Premium.

It seems that the total size of all files within a folder is only shown on the status bar in Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate.

Seems like us "average joe" Home Premium users for whatever reason Microsoft seems to think we would have no need to ever want to know that.

Looking into open source replacements for Windows Explorer.

SFM
I think shootist must have applied a, now forgotten, fix. I am running Ultimate and there is no way I can customise to see the total size of the files in the status bar.
You have found a way to deal with it but, you could have a look at xplorer lite. It is a superior replacement for Windows Explorer. Unfortunately it still does not show the total size of the files in the dustbin, as it recognises them as deleted files. (o bytes), but does show this in other folders.
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