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How To Restore Deleted Files From the Recycle Bin

Instructions for Recovering Files from Recycle Bin in Windows



There's a very important reason that Microsoft called this tool the Recycle Bin and not the Shredder - as long as you haven't emptied it, it's easy to restore files from the Recycle Bin in Windows.

We've all deleted files accidentally or simply changed our minds about the necessity of a particular file or folder.

Follow these easy steps to restore deleted files from the Recycle Bin back to their original locations on your computer:

Note: These steps should apply to all Windows operating systems that use the Recycle Bin including Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and more.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Restoring deleted files from the Recycle Bin in Windows should only take a few minutes.

Here's How:

  1. Open the Recycle Bin by double-clicking or double-tapping on its icon on the Desktop.

  2. Locate and then select whatever file(s) and/or folder(s) you need to restore.

  3. Right-click or tap-and-hold on the selection and then choose Restore.

  4. These files and folders will now be restored to their original locations.


  1. There is not a Windows provided method for restoring files that were deleted by emptying the Recycle Bin. If you've truly deleted a file in Windows, a file recovery program may be able to help you undelete it.

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