To solve the problem, “The file is too big for the trash,” find the quick instructions below or perform one of the procedures that I will explain later.
File too big for trash – quick instructions
- Select the file you want to delete;
- Press the shift (right) key + DEL;
- When prompted, click “Yes”.
the message “The file is too large for the recycle bin” appears when the size of the file or folder you want to delete is larger than the space allotted to the Windows Recycle Bin. To solve the problem, change a simple operating system setting. This setting allows you to assign a maximum size to the Windows Recycle Bin.
The procedure to be performed is really easy and quick to perform. However, most Windows users don’t know it. I will explain in detail how to do it in the following paragraphs. Moreover, in the following chapters, I will show you other procedures allowing you to permanently delete a file without going through the Recycle Bin. So, if the topic interests you, I suggest you continue reading this short but interesting article.
How to fix “The file is too big for the trash.”
If you wish to delete a large file or folder but you see the message mentioned above, you can quickly fix the problem with the following procedure. The latter will allow you to change the space allocated to the Windows Recycle Bin. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to your desktop and right-click on the Trash icon;
- From the context menu that opens, click on the item “Property”;
- In the window that opens, select the item “Local Disk (C:)”;
- Change the size assigned to the Recycle Bin using the field next to the item “Custom size”;
- Click on the button “Apply” and then click “OK”.
The size must be assigned in MB, I remind you that 1 GB equals 1024 MB, so if, for example, you want to assign a space of 20 GB, you will have to type “20480”, from 30 GB “30720” and so on. Remember to customize the available space considering the size of your primary disk.
Permanently delete files without going through the Recycle Bin
Suppose you don’t want to use the procedure seen in the previous chapter. In that case, you can permanently delete a file without going through the recycling bin using a simple key combination or third-party software.
With the procedures that I am about to show you, the file or folder will be permanently deleted and will not go from the Recycle Bin. Consequently, it will not be able to be restored later, so always be very careful what you delete.
The easiest way to permanently delete a file without going through the Recycle Bin is as follows:
- Select the file or folder you want to delete;
- Press the keys on the keyboard SHIFT + DEL (the button shift is the one on the right, present under the key ENTER);
- In the open window, confirm that you want to permanently delete the file or folder by clicking “Yes”.
As an alternative to this procedure, you can use third-party software. In this case I suggest you try it Erasers, which you can download from here. After downloading and installing the software, launch Eraser and minimize the program window. At this point, when you want to delete a file or folder permanently, right-click on it and select the item from the context menu “Erasers,”then click on the entry “Clean up” and click on “Yes” twice.