How to hide or delete the Windows desktop Recycle Bin icon

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

To hide the Windows Recycle Bin, follow these steps.

Tip

Before hiding the Windows desktop Recycle Bin icon, you may want to make Windows not send files to the Recycle Bin.

Windows 8 and 10 users

  1. Right-click on the desktop.
  2. Select Personalize in the pop-up menu.
  3. In the left navigation menu, click on Themes.
  4. Under Related Settings, click on the Desktop icon settings option.
  5. Uncheck the Recycle Bin box and click OK.

Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 users

  1. Right-click on the desktop.
  2. select Personalize in the pop-up menu.
  3. In the Personalize appearance and sounds window, click the Change desktop icons link on the left side.
  4. Uncheck the Recycle Bin box and click OK.

Microsoft Windows XP users

Windows TweakUI Desktop Icons

The first method to hide Recycle Bin icon in Windows XP is to use the application TweakUI.

  1. Download and install Windows TweakUI.
  2. Open TweakUI and click Desktop as shown in the picture.
  3. In the Desktop section, uncheck the Recycle Bin box.
  4. Click Ok.

Or, you can remove the Recycle bin icon by editing the Windows registry directly.

Caution

Before editing or changing anything in the Microsoft Windows registry, back up your registry to a file on your computer. We also highly recommend that anyone new to the registry become familiar with all the Windows registry basics.

  1. Click Start, Run, and type Regedit and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to the below registry location.
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
  1. Find and delete the below registry key.
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

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