Recycling a file removes it both from OU Campus and from your live website, and sends it to the recycle bin, from where it can be restored or permanently deleted. Users levels 8 through 10 have the inherent ability to recycle files, but users levels 1 through 7 can be given permission to recycle as well.
To recycle a file:
- Navigate to Content > Pages.
- Hover over the file you want and select File > Move to Recycle Bin.
- Multiple files can be recycled at the same time by selecting their checkboxes and and clicking Move to Recycle Bin in the blue header bar.
- A popup tells you any links that will break because of the recycle. While dependency manager tracks these links, it cannot fix them since they point to a file that will no longer exist. You must manually fix any links that break once the file is recycled.
- Click "Move to Recycle Bin" to confirm.
Files checked out to another user, in a workflow, or scheduled to be published can't be recycled.
Files can only be recycled from the staging server. Recycling a file removes any published versions of it from the production server as well. If you remove a file from the production server, it is permanently gone and can only be restored by republishing the corresponding file on staging.
Folders cannot be recycled, only deleted. Deleting a folder permanently deletes every file inside it and they cannot be recovered. If you want to delete a folder, first recycle every file inside it and then delete the empty folder.
The recycle bin is at Content > Recycle Bin. Users levels 8 through 10 have default access, and levels 1 through 7 can be granted access.
In the recycle bin, files are listed along with their original location and who recycled them and when. When you hover over a file, the options to restore or delete it appear.
- Restoring a file returns it to its original location on the staging server. For it to be on your website again, you must publish the file.
- Deleting a file permanently removes it from OU Campus, with no way to bring it back.
Multiple files can be restored or deleted by clicking the checkbox to the left and selecting the appropriate option from the table header.
When a file is restored, it generates a new dependency tag and any links pointing to the old tag must be updated.
The entire recycle bin can be emptied using the Delete All button. This permanently deletes all files in the recycle bin.
Admin Tip: Check your recycle bin every so often and consider cleaning out files you know you won't need to restore. Recycled files can quickly add up, taking up large amounts of storage space and slowing your OU Campus account down.
Administrators can change the location of the recycle bin in the site settings.