RecycleOption Enumeration

Specifies whether a file should be deleted permanently or placed in the Recycle Bin.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

public enum RecycleOption

Member nameDescription
DeletePermanentlyDelete the file or directory permanently. Default.
SendToRecycleBinSend the file or directory to the Recycle Bin.

For more detailed information, see the Visual Basic topic RecycleOption Enumeration.

This enumeration is used with the My.Computer.FileSystem.DeleteDirectory Method and the My.Computer.FileSystem.DeleteFile Method.

To protect users against accidental deletion of important files, the Recycle Bin collects deleted files and provides a method for restoring those files. You must explicitly delete the files from the Recycle Bin to make the deletion permanent. Until the files are deleted from the Recycle Bin, the disk space occupied by those files is unavailable for other uses.

Sometimes it is beneficial to bypass the Recycle Bin, especially if you are deleting a large number of files (or a smaller number of very large files) that you are sure are no longer needed, and you want to reclaim the disk space.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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