This is a part of an on-going blog series written by Adam Gordon. Each week, Adam will walk you through a PowerShell command, showing you when and how to use each one. This week, Adam covers Clear-RecycleBin.
When to use Clear-RecycleBin?
The Clear-RecycleBin cmdlet deletes the content of a computer’s recycle bin. This action is like using Windows Empty Recycle Bin.
*** This cmdlet was re-added in PowerShell 7.
What version of PowerShell am I using for this blog?
Get the PowerShell Version from your machine:
This command shows you the PowerShell version information on your machine.
How to use Clear-RecycleBin?
Clear all recycle bins:
Clear-RecycleBin prompts the user for confirmation to clear all recycle bins on the local computer.
Clear a specified recycle bin:
Clear-RecycleBin -Driveletter C
Clear-RecycleBin uses the –DriveLetter parameter to specify the recycle bin on the C volume.
The user is prompted for confirmation to run the command.
Clear all recycle bins without confirmation:
Clear-RecycleBin uses the –Force parameter and does not prompt the user for confirmation to clear all recycle bins on the local computer.
*** An alternative is to replace -Force with -Confirm:$false
Learn last week’s command: Get-ComputerInfo.
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