How do I change the Recycle Bin icon?

Windows XP users

  1. Windows Recycle BinOpen the Control Panel
  2. Double-click on Display
  3. In the Display Properties window click the Desktop tab
  4. Click the Customize Desktop button.
  5. In the Desktop Items window select either the "Recycle Bin (full)" or "Recycle Bin (empty)" folder and click the Change Icon button.

Editing through the registry

As mentioned above there are two icons for the Windows Recycle Bin, an empty and full icon. Below is the Windows Registry path to where you can manually adjust these icons.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\
SOFTWARE\
Classes\
CLSID\
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\
DefaultIcon

In the DefaultIcon folder, there are two strings.  "Empty" and "Full." Double-click the icon you want to adjust by double clicking on either of these, and change the Value data to the location of the icon you want to use.

Additional information

  • See the Recycle Bin definition for further information and related links.