Configure Recycle Bin settings

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Configuring the Recycle Bin settings affects all sites hosted by the Web application.

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Application Management.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Web Application Management section, click Web application general settings.

  3. On the Web Application General Settings page, in the Recycle Bin section, configure the following settings:

    • Under Recycle Bin Status, select On or Off to specify whether the Recycle Bins of all the sites within this Web application are turned on or turned off.

      If you turn off the Recycle Bins, all of the files in them will be deleted. Deleting these files can take a long time, depending on the fullness and quantity of Recycle Bins.

    • Under Delete items in the Recycle Bin, select either After or Never.

      If you select After, type in the corresponding box the number of days to wait before the Recycle Bins are emptied (that is, the number of days that the items in Recycle Bins remain in a deleted state). If you select Never, the Recycle Bins are never automatically emptied.

    • Under Second Stage Recycle Bin, select either Add or Off.

      If you select Add, type the percentage of the site quota to add for second-stage Recycle Bin capacity in the corresponding box. For more information about setting second-stage Recycle Bin quotas, see Configure quotas for a second-stage Recycle Bin.

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