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Recycle 3.00

Delete files from the command line by sending them to the Recycle Bin

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 June 2012
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Recycle 1.11
Delete files from the command line by sending them to the Recycle Bin

Recycle is a command line tool which sends the file or files you specify to the Recycle Bin.

Why does this matter? If you ever use the command line then you'll probably know that you can delete files there, using a command like "Del \folder\filename.ext". But the problem is the files won't appear in the Recycle Bin, so if you make a mistake then you could be in serious trouble.

Recycle takes a different approach. Tell it which file or files you'd like removed and it'll delete them for you, but this time they'll go directly to the Recycle Bin: make an error and recovery is easy.

All you have to do, then, is move Recycle.exe to a folder on your path, ensuring it'll always be found when you're working at the command line. (We relocated our copy to C:\Windows\System32, but it's your call.)

And then simply remember to use the Recycle command instead of Del whenever you want to delete something, specifying either a single file name ("Recycle C:\Users\Mike\Desktop\Rubbish.txt") or using wild cards to delete more ("Recycle C:\Users\Mike\Desktop\Rubbish.*").

Recycle does have a few other switches, though, which might be useful: /L lists what's in the recycle bin, /U allows you to recover a file from the bin, /P prompts for confirmation for everything it deletes, and so on. Enter "Recycle /?" to see what's on offer.

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A very welcome addition to your command line repertoire

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