[Real Fix] There Is No Option to Empty Recycle Bin on Windows 10

Empty recycle bin grayed out when you are trying to empty your recycle bin. How to deal with this situation - there is no option to empty recycle bin? Real fixes are provided to help you empty your recycle bin even when the empty option is grayed out.

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Restart or Reinstall Recycle Bin Restart your computer and try again > reinstall recycle bin in Windows 10/8/7...Full steps
2. Empty Recycle Bin Again Access Settings > choose "System" to continue > choose "Storage" > open "Storage"...Full steps
3. Run CMD Go to Start, search for "Command Prompt" > right-click "Command Prompt"...Full steps
4. Restore Recycle Bin Files Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select a location and click "Scan"...Full steps

There Is No Option to Empty Recycle Bin Windows 10

"I have a Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit computer. One day I decided to change the icon of my recycle bin to something else. After I did that I tried to delete the files in my recycle bin by right-clicking on it and then clicking "Empty Recycle Bin"
But, for some reason, the "Empty Recycle Bin" text is grayed out and I can't click on it. I have to go into the recycle bin and delete everything from there. How do I fix this problem?"

PS: If you are looking for a way to automatically empty the recycle bin on schedule, we can help.

Fix 1. Quickly Fix No Option to Empty Recycle Bin

Most users may encounter this kind of trouble when they accidentally make some changes to their computer. Before you take actions, you must try these steps first.

Step 1. Restart your computer and try again.

Step 2. Reinstall recycle bin in Windows 10/8/7

  • Right-click on Desktop > Select Personalize.

select personalize

  • Click on Themes > Click Desktop Icon settings under Related Settings.

click related settings

  • Check Recycle Bin > Click Apply.

check recycle bin

If these two steps above fail to help, then you can try these fixes below:

Fix 2. Try Another Way to Empty Recycle Bin

Right-click the recycle bin icon and choosing empty option is not the only way to empty your recycle bin. You can also empty the recycle bin by going to settings. Let's see how to do it.

Step 1: Access Settings.

Step 2: Choose "System" to continue. Choose Storage.

select the storage before empty the recycle bin

Step 3: Open Storage, and select This PC (or a hard drive) under Storage.

select this pc

Step 4: Click Temporary files and recycle bin. Choose Empty the recycle bin and tap Remove files.

empty recycle bin by your self

Fix 3. Run CMD to Fix Corrupted Windows 10 Recycle Bin

  • Go to Start, search for "Command Prompt".
  • Right-click "Command Prompt" > Select "run cmd as administrator".
  • Type: rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin and hit "Enter".

run cmd to fix corrupted recycle bin

  • Reboot the computer and then you can reuse the Recycle Bin.

If this doesn't work, open cmd window again and type: sfc / scannow > Enter. System File Checker will check and fix the problem for you. If the sfc/scannow doesn't work well, refer to SFC (SFC / SCANNOW) Is Not Working on Windows.

Restore Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

Let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard free help you and fix this problem. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free enables you to recover deleted files from accidental deletion, hard drive corruption/formatting, system/file system crash, virus attack, or other scenarios. It's fully compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and former Windows versions. You can download it for free and follow these three steps to restore recycle bin data.

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1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select a location(where the recycle bin is) and click "Scan".

2. The software will start a scanning process in order to find lost files.

3. Choose the file(s) you want to recover by file types from the scanning results. Click "Recover" button to recover the selected files. You'd better choose a different location instead of the original hard drive to avoid data overwriting.

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