How do I retrieve files that have been deleted from the Recycle Bin?

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Infopackets Reader Rick J. asks, " How do I get back something that I deleted from the recycle bin? "

My Response:

One way to empty a Recycle Bin is to right-click over top of the Recycle Bin and select "Empty Recycle Bin."

If you deleted a file (or files) permanently by emptying the Recycle Bin, there is no way for you to get it back -- it's gone for good. This is true, unless you use some sort of special software to retrieve a deleted file from your hard drive -- but even that is not not always 100%; furthermore, the effort involved in file recovery is usually 'over the heads' of many users.

However, if you still have files that are listed in the Recycle Bin, you can just drag and drop them somewhere (such as your Desktop), or you can right-click over top of the file and select Restore.

PS: To view files listed in the Recycle Bin, simple double left-click on the Recycle Bin to open up a new Window.

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