How to Automatically Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 7

Regular use of the PC results in the accumulation of junk files and you may find yourself spending time manually clearing them up. For instance, you may have to regularly clear the temporary files, or the Recycle Bin. Although you can do these tasks manually, automating the task will save you time and effort. The Task Scheduler in Windows 7 allows you to set a schedule to perform certain tasks automatically at the scheduled time. In this Windows 7 tutorial, you will learn how to schedule your PC to automatically empty the Recycle Bin and save yourself valuable time.

How to get your PC to Automatically Empty the Recycle Bin

1. Click Start and in the Search box, type scheduler.


2. In the Search list, under Programs, select Task Scheduler.

3. In the Task Scheduler window, in the Actions pane, click Create Basic Task.

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create a basic task

4. In the Create a Basic Task wizard, in the Name box, enter a task name and in the Description box, enter a task description and click Next.

Create Basic Task Wizard page 1

5. In the Task Trigger page, select a task start time option and click Next.

Create Basic Task Wizard page 2

6. In the next page, enter the specific time details. This will vary depending on the option you select in the previous page. For instance, if you select Weekly in the previous page, the days of the week will be displayed in the current page. In this instance, I have selected Monthly, so on this page, I will select the specific months and days on which I want my PC to perform the task. Then click Next.

Create Basic Task Wizard page 3

7. In the Action page, select the Start a program and click Next.Create Basic Task Wizard page 4

8. In the Start a program page, click Browse, and in the Open dialog box, in the File name text box, enter cleanmgr.exe and click Open.

Open dialog box

9. Verify that the correct program is displayed in the Program/Script text box and click Next.

Create Basic Task Wizard page 5

10. In the Summary page, click Finish.

Automatically Empty the Recycle Bin

NOTE: At the scheduled time you may see a Disk Cleanup pop-up asking you to select a drive, like shown in the image below. If you see this pop-up, ensure that the C Drive is selected and click OK.

Disk Cleanup Pop up

The pop-up will quickly scan your C Drive and then display the Disk Clean-up for (C:) window. Windows will recommend a few clean up options here. Uncheck all the options that are displayed by default and check Recycle Bin. Then click OK to complete the process.

Cleanup Recycle Bin

Have you used the Task Scheduler in Windows 7 to schedule tasks? If you have, share them with us. If not, make use of this tutorial, and let us know how it has helped you to streamline your work.

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  • Updated January 25, 2017
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