How to limit the Recycle Bin Size in Windows 10?

If you have a small SSD or HDD and want to limit the size of your recycle bin then this tutorial is what you are looking for. We will explain how to limit the size of your recycle bin in Windows 10.

Good to know before you start:

Windows 10 asks the limit of the Recycle Bin in MBs therefore the table below will help you to set the limit. If you want for example to set 5GB as limited you type 5120 or if you want to be less precise 1000.

  • 1 TB = 1024 GB = 1048576 MB
  • 1 GB = 1024 MB

How to limit the Recycle Bin Size in Windows 10

To set the limit of the recycle bin in Windows 10, you will first have to open the Recycle Bin settings.

1. On your desktop, right-click on Recycle Bin and choose Properties.

2. Once in properties you will see the following screen, you can set your own value in the area marked in red.



You can set the Recycle Bin limit for each hard disk separately, you can also set the Recycle Bin limit for each partition separately in Windows 10. Simply click on the hard disk you want to set up and then type the value of your choosing in the Maximum Size box. As you can see I set around 13GB as my limit above.

That´s really all that´s to it. I hope this tutorial helped you to set the Recycle Bin limit in Windows 10. Thanks for reading.


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Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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