How to Remove Properties from the Recycle Bin Context Menu?

The Properties window is used to show the properties for the selected object. In Windows, right-clicking an icon brings up the properties option, which provides details about the device or file. Users can change the Recycle Bin size in the properties window of Recycle Bin. There is also an option in the properties for enabling or disabling the delete confirmation. However, the Properties option can be removed/disabled from the context menu of Recycle Bin. In this article, we will be showing you methods through which you can disable the Properties on the Recycle Bin.

Properties of Recycle Bin

Recycle Bin in Windows

When the user tries to delete a file on their system, it will be moved to Recycle Bin. It is temporary storage for the files that have been deleted from the system. This allows users to recover any files that were deleted by mistake. The Recycle Bin icon will look empty when there are no files in it and it will look full when there will be files in it. The files that are deleted by holding the shift key (permanent deleting) will not be moved to the Recycle Bin.

Recycle Bin icon in WIndows 10

Disabling the Properties from the Recycle Bin Context Menu

The Properties window provides the resizing of the Recycle Bin for each drive. It also provides the option for displaying the delete confirmation dialog. By default, the Recycle Bin size is set to about 5% of the size of the drive. The bigger the size of the drive, the bigger size will be for Recycle Bin. However, an administrator can set a specific size of Recycle Bin and disable the access to resizing options for standard users. The properties option can be disabled by using one of the following methods.

Method 1: Using the Local Group Policy Editor

The Local Group Policy Editor is a Windows component that is used for configuring settings for the system. There is a specific policy setting that removes the properties option from the Recycle Bin context menu. By enabling this policy, users will be unable to open the properties option of Recycle Bin.

If you are using Windows Home Edition, then skip this method and use the Registry Editor method.

However, if you have the Local Group Policy Editor on your system, then follow the below guide to disable properties of Recycle Bin.

  1. Hold the Windows key and press R to open a Run dialog. Then, type “gpedit.msc” in the box and press the Enter key. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.
    Note: If UAC (User Account Control) prompt appears, then choose the Yes option.

    Opening Local Group Policy Editor
  2. In the User Configuration category, navigate to the following setting:
    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop
    Navigating to the setting
  3. Double-click on the setting named “Remove Properties from the Recycle Bin context menu“. A new window will open, now change the toggle from Not Configured to Enabled. Then click Apply/Ok button to save the changes.
    Enabling the setting to remove properties
  4. Now the Properties options will be removed from the context menu of Recycle Bin. If the Properties option still shows up, it will show an error but not work.

Method 2: Using the Registry Editor

Another method to get the same result is by using the Registry Editor. Especially the Windows Home users will only have access to Registry Editor. However, unlike the Local Group Policy Editor, the Registry Editor doesn’t have the settings available for everything by default. Users are required to create the missing key or value for the specific settings by themselves. Follow the below steps to try it out and be careful with using the Registry Editor:

  1. Press the Window + R keys together to open the Run box. In the Run box, type “regedit” and press the Enter key to open the Registry Editor. Choose the Yes option for UAC (User Account Control) prompt.
    Opening the Registry Editor
  2. In the Current User category, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  3. Right-click on the right pane of the Explorer key and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the newly created value as “NoPropertiesRecycleBin“.
    Creating a new value
  4. Double-click on the NoPropertiesRecycleBin value and change the value data to 1.
    Note: The value data 1 is for enabling the setting and value data 0 is for disabling the setting.

    Enabling the value
  5. After all the configurations, make sure to restart the computer to let the changes take effect.
  6. To enable the properties context menu back, just change the value data to 0 or simply delete the value.

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