Saturday, March 17, 2007

Don't Let the Bin Hit You On Your Way Out!

Here's a real time saver tip for Windows users. Avoid the Recycle Bin. Without naming names (that would be unethical!), I will tell you that many of the folks I help with computer issues have Recycle Bins that are overflowing with crap. Why? Because every time they delete something, they unknowingly send it right to the Bin, where it sits, and sits, and sits, as the trash piles up. Now, the deceptive thing about the Bin is, you can't see the mountain of trash. That little bin looks the same whether it's got a couple of small files in it or the equivalent of your town's entire annual refuse production. So you never think about it. But it's wasting space on your hard drive nonetheless. So you really ought to empty the thing once in a while.

But most of the time you're sure you want to get rid of something, and you aren't wanting to stick it where it can be retrieved, i.e. the Recycle Bin. So, how do you skip the RB and throw that garbage straight out of you life forever? Easy. Right click on the file you want to delete. Hold down the Shift key while you click Delete in the menu that pops up. Another pop-up will ask you if you really want to delete that file. Click Delete again and it'll get gone, and the Bin won't be able to hit it on the way out. You're welcome.