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Posted 15 Feb 2012

Completely Empty the SharePoint Recycle Bin

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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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Questionvery nice code snippet to delete items from recycle bin for sharepoint site collection Pin
dhayanandkalimidi23-Nov-15 2:07
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GeneralAwesome job mate Pin
Steven Oberholzer10-Apr-14 13:02
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GeneralRe: Awesome job mate Pin
StevenLJackson111-Apr-14 1:58
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
nagen bihari26-Mar-14 22:17
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GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
StevenLJackson127-Mar-14 2:35
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GeneralWorks in SP2013 as well Pin
Aleksey Istomin27-Aug-13 18:33
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GeneralRe: Works in SP2013 as well Pin
StevenLJackson18-Sep-13 1:15
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Sadan12319-Mar-13 3:35
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GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
StevenLJackson119-Mar-13 3:50
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QuestionNeed Help Pin
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AnswerRe: Need Help Pin
StevenLJackson18-Mar-13 2:54
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GeneralRe: Need Help Pin
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StevenLJackson112-Mar-13 4:15
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When you ran it did you notice that anything got removed from the Recycle Bin? If so, you may need to run it multiple times until the Recycle Bin is completely empty. Also, at some point SharePoint should be automatically clearing out the older items from the Recycle Bin to save space.

I'm not a SharePoint expert--I just came across this handy function and decided to write to you all about it. I'm not sure of another way to empty out the Recycle Bin, though if there is a setting for the Recycle Bin size and you have admin rights to the site, then perhaps you could set the size to a much smaller number. At that point, perhaps SharePoint would trim the Recycle Bin down to a smaller size, and the the JavaScript I mention in my tip might work for you.

Those are just a few suggestions I could think of. Please let me know if you try any of them and how they worked for you.

Good luck!

Take care,

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QuestionIt works ..excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!! Pin
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