How do I change the Recycle Bin icon?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows XP users

Windows Recycle Bin

Microsoft Windows XP users can change the Recycle Bin icon by following the steps below.

  1. Open 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.


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.

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