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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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GeneralAwesome job mate PinmemberSteven Oberholzer10-Apr-14 14:02 
GeneralRe: Awesome job mate PinmemberStevenLJackson111-Apr-14 2:58 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembernagen bihari26-Mar-14 23:17 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 PinmemberStevenLJackson127-Mar-14 3:35 
GeneralWorks in SP2013 as well PinmemberAleksey Istomin27-Aug-13 19:33 
GeneralRe: Works in SP2013 as well PinmemberStevenLJackson18-Sep-13 2:15 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberSadan12319-Mar-13 4:35 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 PinmemberStevenLJackson119-Mar-13 4:50 
QuestionNeed Help PinmemberMember 98057436-Mar-13 17:34 
AnswerRe: Need Help PinmemberStevenLJackson18-Mar-13 3:54 
That is certainly a large number of items!
While I have not had that particular situation, nor do I have the means to duplicate it (nor would I want to on my client's SharePoint server!), I would venture to guess that you may encounter a timeout in your browser due to the amount of time it may take to empty your recycle bin. Or maybe "timeout" isn't the right word; instead you may get a javascript "Long Running" message in your browser, in which case I believe you can just press the "Keep Waiting" button to let it keep running.
Write back if you decide to try this and let us know how it goes!
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 
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 
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