Missing Windows Desktop Recycle Bin icon

Windows LogoIf you are missing the Windows Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop and would like to restore it, follow the steps below.

Windows 8 and Windows 10
Windows Vista and Windows 7
Windows XP

Showing the Recycling Bin in Windows 8 and Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the Desktop.
  2. Click Personalize.
  3. Click Themes.
  4. Click Desktop icon settings.
  5. In the Desktop icon settings window check the Recycle Bin box to enable the Recycle Bin icon.

Showing the Recycling Bin in Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Right-click on the Desktop.
  2. Click Personalize.
  3. In the Personalize appearance and sounds window, click the Change desktop icons link on the left-hand side.
  4. Check the box next to Recycle Bin.
  5. Click Apply, then OK.

Windows TweakUI DesktopMicrosoft Windows XP

  1. Download and install Windows TweakUI.
  2. Open TweakUI and click Desktop as shown in the picture.
  3. In the Desktop section, check the box next to Recycle Bin.
  4. Click Apply, then OK.

Additional information

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