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How to get a better Recycle Bin in Windows [Tip]

The standard Recycle Bin in Windows could have more options. For example, it doesn’t include a search box, JumpList support in Windows 7 or filter options to select items according to deleted time. However, RecycleBinEx includes all those options and more besides. Read on to learn more.

RecycleBinEx is a Recycle Bin manager that extends and enhances the Recycle Bin in Windows. You can add it to Windows Vista/7 and 8 from this website [1]. Click on Download RecycleBinEx and run the setup wizard to add it to Windows. Then click on the RecycleBinEx desktop shortcut to open the window in the shot below.

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Now delete a few document files. To find newly deleted documents in RecycleBinEx, you must first click the Refresh button. Select a document in RecycleBinEx and click on Delete to remove it from the Recycle Bin.

At the top of the RecycleBinEx window is a search bar. Enter a keyword to locate specific document files. Those documents that do not match the keyword entered are then filtered out.

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You can also select document files that were either deleted more or less recently. For example, click on Select All to open the drop-down list in the shot below. Then you can select items deleted before a couple of days, before several days, etc.

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Those with Windows 7 can pin RecycleBinEx to the taskbar as a JumpList. To pin it to the taskbar, you should right-click on the RecycleBinEx desktop shortcut and select Pin to taskbar. Then you can right-click on the taskbar icon to open the RecycleBinEx JumpList below.

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For some extra Recycle Bin options, RecycleBinEx is worth noting. It adds a great alternative Recycle Bin to Windows.