Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How do I open the Recycle Bin from the command line?

I'd be very glad if there is a built-in Windows command.

share|improve this question
2  
Do you mean the Recycle Bin window or just the directory? Does it have to be for all drives or a specific one? – Synetech Feb 28 '12 at 23:02
up vote 52 down vote accepted

Command line

On the command line, type

start shell:RecycleBinFolder

It is not case sensitive, so you can just type start shell:recyclebinfolder.

Run dialog

An alternative is to use the Run dialog (menu Start/Run or Win + R) - there is less to type. Type

shell:RecycleBinFolder

and press OK (or hit Enter).

It is portable!

This method works on all versions of Windows, at least back to Windows 2000.

share|improve this answer
    
More shell shortcuts (94). – Peter Mortensen Nov 9 '12 at 13:46

(Depending on the OS and filesystem, the directory may be $Recycle.bin, Recycled, or Recycler.)

  • To open the Recycle Bin window (showing deleted objects on all drives):

    C:\> start ::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
    or
    C:\> start shell:RecycleBinFolder
    or
    C:\> start C:\$Recycle.bin

  • To list deleted objects on a specific drive:

    C:\> dir /s/a <driveletter>:\$Recycle.Bin

    (NB, the original filenames will not be shown in this mode.)

share|improve this answer
    
In windows 7 start C:\$Recycle.bin just gave me an empty directory. I needed to use start shell:RecycleBinFolder – icc97 Apr 17 '13 at 9:01

You can open the Recycle Bin window by using its GUID:

explorer ::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
share|improve this answer

This should work. Tested on Windows 7 successfully.

Open a command prompt and enter

CD \$Recycle.Bin
share|improve this answer
    
Cool! How do you view files in RecycleBin that way? dir doesn't work for me. Are you also able to empty recycle bin? – Alexander Bird Jul 31 '13 at 17:17

Windows button on keyboard + R; then type "shell:RecycleBinFolder" and press Enter: This will take you into the Recycle bin folder and shows the deleted items.

Items deleted using "Shift + Delete" won't be available in Recycle bin because they are permanently deleted. These items can be recovered using data recovery software like Easerus data recovery

Tried and worked perfectly on Windows 10.

share|improve this answer
1  
Welcome to Super User! This duplicates another answer and adds no new content. Please don't post an answer unless you actually have something new to contribute. – DavidPostill Dec 2 '15 at 21:10
    
The bit about Shift + Delete was new to the thread and relevant (IMHO). – BillP3rd Feb 7 at 18:42

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.