Prevent Windows users from changing the properties of the trash

The Windows Recycle Bin is usually a very useful tool for recovering deleted files. Unfortunately, the Windows Recycle Bin is only filled with files that are deleted from the local drives.

In certain circumstances it can also be useful that the Windows user is prohibited from changing certain settings in the Windows Recycle Bin or even calling up the properties at all. Usually, the user has the option of accessing the properties of the recycle bin via the context menu .

Trash properties

The recycle bin properties then look like this.

Properties of trash

To prevent this call, Microsoft has introduced a group policy , which you can find under the following GPO path.

User configuration / Administrative templates / Desktop

The actual group policy is:

Remove the entry Properties from the context menu of the recycle bin

It is sufficient to activate the group policy and the user cannot change any properties of the Windows recycle bin . Microsoft explains this GPO as follows.

Removes the “Properties” entry from the context menu of the recycle bin.

If you enable this setting, the Properties option is not available when the user right-clicks the Recycle Bin or opens the Recycle Bin and then clicks the File menu . Even pressing ALT + ENTER does nothing when the Recycle Bin is selected.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting , the Properties option appears as usual.

Under certain circumstances, it may make sense to activate this group policy and thus prevent changes to the user from the trash.

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