Missing Windows Desktop Recycle Bin icon

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

Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 users

  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 users

  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.