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Step1 On your desktop you may notice a shortcut that looks a little like a waste basket. This shortcut is labled "Recylce Bin". If there are crumpled papers in the recycle bin then you have files sitting around in your recycle bin waiting for dumping. Or, perhaps they are waiting for you to reclaim, if you've deleted them by mistake.

Step2 Clicking once on the recycle bin will highlight the bin. You can now either press Enter or double-click on the shortcut. This will open the recycle bin.

Step3 As you can see in this example there are 70 files with a total space of 5.97 megabytes waiting in the recycle bin to be dumped. To dump the files click on the "File" menu option.

Step4 Clicking on the "File" menu option will bring up the File submenu. One of the options on the submenu is "Empty Recycle Bin". Yay! We are getting closer.

Step5 Clicking on "Empty Recycle Bin" will bring up a confirmation screen. Windows is giving you a chance to stop if you're about to throw out a file you actually need. Click on "Yes" to dump files. Click on "No" to backup and abort the process.

Step6 Here in Step 6 you can see a nice empty recycle bin folder. The files are gone, gone, goneski. The recycle bin and folder has been emptied.

Step7 This step shows the recycle bin shortcut the way it will look when no files are stuffed inside its folder. Notice the lack of crumpled papers.