How to rename the Microsoft Windows Recycle Bin

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Users running Windows TweakUI 1.33

Windows Recycle BinNote: This version of TweakUI is not available for Windows XP. If you have Windows XP and TweakUI, skip to the next section.

  1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel
  2. Open TweakUI
  3. Click on the Desktop Tab.
  4. Right-click the Recycle Bin and rename it.

Other Microsoft Windows users

  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type Regedit and press Enter.
  3. Open the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder.
  4. Open the CLSID folder.
  5. Open the {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} folder.
  6. Open the ShellFolder folder.
  7. Change the Attributes data value from 40 01 00 20 to 50 01 00 20.
  8. Once completed, change the CallForAttributes dword value to 0x00000000 (double-click and change value data to 0). You must change both of these values to get the rename option to appear.

After performing the above steps, you can rename the icon like any other icon. Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, click Rename, and rename it to whatever you want.

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