Similar to the Apple's Trash application, the Recycle Bin is a location where deleted files are temporarily stored in every version of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95. The Recycling Bin allows users to recover files that have been deleted in Windows. The image to the right is an example of what the Recycle Bin may look like in your version of Windows; it can be found on the Desktop.
Note: Keep in mind that if you have deleted files through an MS-DOS prompt or shell, this action is permanent and the files will not go to the Recycle Bin.
Why is my Recycle Bin icon missing?
With newer versions of Windows the Recycle Bin icon may be missing from the Desktop. Follow the steps in the link below to show the Recycle Bin.