How to Restore Recycle Bin Icon on Desktop in Windows Vista and Later?

Many times Windows users can't find Recycle Bin icon on Desktop. The icon disappears automatically from The Desktop. Actually it gets deleted by the user accidentally or gets removed by a 3rd party software.

If you are using Windows Vista or later and have accidentally deleted Recycle Bin icon from Desktop, no need to worry. You can easily restore the icon on Desktop using following simple method:

1. Right-click on Desktop and select "Personalize" option. It'll open Desktop Personalization window. Now click on "Change desktop icons" link given in left side pane.

Alternatively, you can open it directly by providing following command in RUN or Start Menu Search box:

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2. It'll open "Desktop Icon Settings" window as shown in following screenshot:

3. Now enable "Recycle Bin" option and Apply the changes.

4. That's it. Your missing Recycle Bin icon will be back on Desktop immediately.

PS: Same tutorial can be used for enabling or disabling other Desktop icons such as Computer, Control Panel, Network, etc.

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista

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  • Thanks. This also works for Windows 7. How Can I change the name of the Recycle bin?

  • VG

    ^^ Simply right-click on it and select rename or press F2.

  • your awesome

  • Thanks it worked

  • Thanks it worked

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