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Windows 7: Any Way to Hide $Recycle.bin Folders in Windows Explorer?

26 Apr 2016   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Any Way to Hide $Recycle.bin Folders in Windows Explorer?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to hide the $recycle.bin folders for each partition in Windows Explorer. I couldn't find how to do this, just how to not show the recycle bin on the desktop.

Thanks for any help.

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26 Apr 2016   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

The "$Recycle.bin" folders are hidden by default. To see them you must have unchecked "Hide protected operating system files (recommended)" in the folder properties of Windows Explorer. Check this and "$Recycle.bin" folders will be hidden. This will also hide many other system files, which is usually a good thing.

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26 Apr 2016   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks for your reply.

I do want to see the operating system files, so I do not want to change that setting. That's why I asked if there were a way to not show the $recycle.bin folder in the partitions.

I have five separate partitions and each shows the $recycle.bin folder, which right now has one file.

This one file appears in the $recycle.bin folder in each of the five partitions, even though the deleted file came from only one partition. I have six occurrences of the recycle bin (one under each partition letter and one under Computer) and they all show the same items; no need for more than one.

When I deleted this file, I used shift-delete, which is not supposed to send the file to the recycle bin. I have the "Don't move files to the recycle bin" checked; anyone know how to get this to work properly?
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26 Apr 2016   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

The only way to hide the $Recycle.bin folder is to hide either hidden or protected system files. If protected system files are visible you will also see the $Recycle.bin folder. There is no avoiding this.

There is very little official documentation regarding the contents of this folder. Most of the information that has been published by Microsoft and other sources would be considered implementation details, correct at the time of publication but subject to change at any time without notice. The contents are for the exclusive use of the system and users are not expected to understand any of what they see. The operation is probably very different from what might be expected.

What you see at the top level in each recycle bin folder will be a folder for each active user. This folder does not use the standard icon. I suspect this is what you are seeing.
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