A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

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A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

November 28th, 2009, 3:34 pm
jsmorley
Developer   [15895 posts]

Thought I would pass along a tip on how I empty the windows Recycle Bin in Rainmeter. This has the advantage of not only emptying the bin, but giving your system a quick "tune up" while you do it.

1) Get CCleaner from http://www.ccleaner.com/
2) Install it (be careful that you uncheck the "install Yahoo Toolbar" near the end of the install)
3) Run CCleaner, and set it up to clean the things you want. I don't recommend having it clean all your browser's cookies by default, as then you will have to log into websites all the time.
4) In CCleaner under "Options / Advanced" check "Always save .ini file" so it will remember your settings.

5) Use code like this for your Recycle Bin in Rainmeter (you will need full and empty images in the same folder with the skin, and of course the X and Y settings will need to be changed for your setup)

[MeasureBin]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=RecycleManager.dll
RecycleType=COUNT
Drives=ALL
UpdateDivider=2

[MeterBinEmpty]
Meter=IMAGE
MeasureName=MeasureBin
X=57r
Y=1
W=41
H=41
ImageName="TrashEmpty.png"
Hidden=0
LeftMouseDownAction =!execute [::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]

[MeterBinFull]
MeasureName=MeasureBin
Meter=IMAGE
X=0r
Y=1
W=41
H=41
ImageName="TrashFull.png"
Hidden=1
LeftMouseUpAction =!execute [::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]
RightMouseUpAction =!execute ["C:\Program Files\CCleaner\CCleaner.exe" "/AUTO"]

[BinAction]
Measure=Calc
Formula=MeasureBin
IfAboveAction=!execute [!RainmeterHideMeter MeterBinEmpty][!RainmeterShowMeter MeterBinFull]
IfAboveValue=0
IfEqualAction=!execute [!RainmeterHideMeter MeterBinFull][!RainmeterShowMeter MeterBinEmpty]
IfEqualValue=0

Now when you right click the full bin, it will silently and almost instantly not only empty the bin, but clean up your temp folders, browser history, and all the other housekeeping that CCleaner does.
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Re: A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

November 28th, 2009, 3:49 pm
sgtevmckay
Developer   [1317 posts]

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Re: A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

November 29th, 2009, 7:50 pm
Samus Aran
   [86 posts]

Or you could simply call this little tool I just finished ;)
It empties the bin without notifying the user and closes itself after finishing the job. :D

EmptyBin.zip
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Re: A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

November 29th, 2009, 9:14 pm
jsmorley
Developer   [15895 posts]

Samus Aran wrote:Or you could simply call this little tool I just finished ;)
It empties the bin without notifying the user and closes itself after finishing the job. :D

EmptyBin.zip


Nice. However if that is all you need, there is a !bang for the built-in plugin that empties silently...

http://rainmeter.net/cms/Plugins-RecycleManager
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Re: A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

November 29th, 2009, 10:03 pm
Samus Aran
   [86 posts]

I really should read the manual some day... -.-
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Re: A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

November 30th, 2009, 1:12 am
Alex2539
Rainmeter Sage   [648 posts]

Nah, it's not the sort of "read" where you go from start to finish. Instead, if you ever want to do something, but don't know how just do a quick search through the manual (it has a search feature, after all) to see if there isn't already a way to do it.
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Re: A better way to empty the Recycle Bin

November 30th, 2009, 1:24 pm
Samus Aran
   [86 posts]

But if i do, I could pick up some interesting features on the way :)

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