How to empty recycle bin programmatically?

21 06 2008


While processing or writing huge files to disk, its quite possible that disk will go out of space. To Squeeze and to get more disk space, its a good idea to clean the recycle bin. But how to do it programmatically?


You can use the api – SHEmptyRecycleBin(). See the code snippet below.

// Empty the recycle bin.
SHEmptyRecycleBin( NULL,
                   NULL,
                   SHERB_NOCONFIRMATION |
                   SHERB_NOPROGRESSUI   |
                   SHERB_NOSOUND );


By modifying the options, you can show progress UI, Show confirmation dialog and play sound on finishing task. Just remove the unwanted flags.


Targeted Audience – Beginners.

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