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Completely Empty the SharePoint Recycle Bin

, 8 Sep 2013 CPOL
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A quick way to empty all entries in the SharePoint 2007 recycle bin without having to empty one page at a time.

If you have lots of stuff in your SharePoint Recycle Bin and want to empty it all, here’s a quick tip:

  1. Navigate to the recycle bin page (e.g., http://localhost/_layouts/recyclebin.aspx)
  2. In the address bar, type “javascript:emptyItems()” (minus the quotes)
  3. Press Enter. You will be asked if you really want to empty the recycle bin.
  4. Click OK to empty it; click Cancel to leave it alone.

It’s much faster to empty it this way if you have multiple pages of “stuff” in your recycle bin.

Note that this tip may only work with Internet Explorer. The browser must be able to understand the "javascript:" portion of the "url" in the address bar.

[Update: This tip works with SharePoint versions from 2007 to 2013. -sj]

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GeneralRe: Need Help PinmemberMember 980574311-Mar-13 19:02 
GeneralRe: Need Help PinmemberStevenLJackson112-Mar-13 5:15 
QuestionIs this User level or site level PinmemberArkyBass19-Dec-12 9:12 
AnswerRe: Is this User level or site level PinmemberStevenLJackson14-Jan-13 11:43 
Sorry for the long delay in my response--you caught me on my Christmas break!
 
I tried this again on a SharePoint 2010 site and saw the same message you saw about deleting the site collection recycle bin. I went ahead with the delete, and it was only the recycle bin for that document library that got deleted.
 
The message at the top of the page reads, "To manage deleted items for the entire Site Collection go to the Site Collection Recycle Bin", with the words "Site Collection Recycle Bin" being a hyperlink to ".../_layouts/AdminRecycleBin.aspx". After I performed the delete, the contents of the AdminRecycleBin.aspx page were still there.
 
Does that answer your question?
 
Thank you,
 
Steve
GeneralRe: Is this User level or site level PinmemberArkyBass7-Jan-13 4:56 
QuestionIt works ..excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!! PinmemberRom FM13-Nov-12 11:38 
AnswerRe: It works ..excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!! PinmemberStevenLJackson113-Nov-12 16:43 
GeneralIf anyone can verify that this works (or not) in SharePoint ... PinmemberStevenLJackson116-Feb-12 4:06 
GeneralRe: If anyone can verify that this works (or not) in SharePoint ... PinmemberStevenLJackson113-Mar-12 10:09 
GeneralRe: If anyone can verify that this works (or not) in SharePoint ... Pinmemberravi_22920-Sep-12 9:08 

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