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missing the recycle bin icon

by Kelray / August 22, 2005 3:52 AM PDT

Hello, I am running Windows XP professional and can't find the icon for the recycle bin. I did the search on this site and found that about the only way to restore the icon was to use tweak UI. When I go into the program I find that I don't have the option that everyone is talking about. When I click on desktop the only option I have is "first icon". I know that this option does exist because I have seen it before. I went through everything that tweak offers and can't seem to find it. If anyone has any ideas how I can restore this icon it would be greatly appreciated.

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Restoring the recycle bin...
by John.Wilkinson / August 22, 2005 11:10 AM PDT

Try right-clicking your desktop and selecting "properties." On the window that comes up, select the "desktop" tab, then click "customize desktop." On the next window, select "recycle bin (full)" and click "restore default," then repeat with "recycle bin (empty)."

If that doesn't work, when using Tweak UI, just left-click "desktop" (NOT the plus sign next to it) and you'll be presented with a list of possible desktop options. Just make sure that Recycle Bin is checked. You can also click "repair" in Tweak UI, then select "rebuild icons" from the drop-down menu and click "repair now."

Hope this helps,

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missing recycle bin icon
by Kelray / August 23, 2005 4:54 AM PDT

I tried all the options you just listed, and not one of them has worked. I don't know what to do now. Thank you for all the ideas that have been offered on this forum.

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Two more things to try
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 23, 2005 5:12 AM PDT

1] Does the recycle bin show up in Windows Explorer? (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer).

In the left hand pane the Recycle Bin icon should be displayed.

If it does, highlight it, and see what deleted files are stored in it in the right hand pane. Delete them. See if that restores the bin to your desktop. You may have to reboot to see if it is restored.

2] If that doesn't work, go here;
select R and scroll down to "Recycle Bin - Repair or Replace". Right click the link and select "Save as".

Save this reg file to your desktop. Then right click it and select Merge. This is a registry repair so if your anti-virus kicks in with a warning that it is a virus, accept that it is not as Kelly's Korner is a reputable utility resource.

Hope this sorts it for you.


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Another thing
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 23, 2005 5:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Two more things to try

I've just remembered something else.

Re-open Windows Explorer if it is closed.

In Tools, select Folder options, then go to the View tab.

Scroll down to ''Hide protected operating syystem files, (recommended)'', and remove the tick. Click Apply. Accept any warning message that appears. Click OK.

In the list in the left hand pane there should be a folder called RECYCLER. If it is named RECYCLED then that is incorrect. Rename it.

To rename it is it a Read Only folder so right click it, select Properties, remove the Read Only selection, and rename it in the same tab. Click Apply. Re-select Read Only and click Apply again. Click OK.

Re-hide the folder in Tools > Folder Options > View tab.

Again, you may have to reboot.

This may be what Kellys-korner's web sites reg file does. But if not and if the reg file does not work, this may do,


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Missing Recycle bin
by efremdan1 / July 27, 2006 10:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Two more things to try

This works. I was able to recover important file

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Recycle bin icon
by zman56 / May 8, 2009 5:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing Recycle bin

I lost my icon and all I had to do is; In Windows Explorer (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer) left-click the Recycle Bin icon and drag it to my desktop.

It worked for me hope it works for you.


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4 years old, but still works!
by kvasir42 / March 10, 2009 11:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Two more things to try

This solution worked perfectly for me (here in 2009). I had tried redoing the registry, the properties attempt, and others to no avail. The Kelly's Korner file did the trick quickly and easily. Even my contractor computer specialist couldn't find the fix! Thanks again.

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I tried the rest, with no success. This one (option 2) works
by QuasarHead / September 1, 2011 1:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Two more things to try

My recycle bin was nowhere to be found after installing and using TuneUp utilities.
TuneUp failed to restore it.
It was not listed or displayed anywhere.
Microsoft's web page gave around 5 solutions, none of which worked. Neither did their workaround.

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missing recycle bin icon
by Talele / August 25, 2005 6:16 PM PDT

simply create xyz.reg file and paste the following and double click the xyz.reg file and click are done..


@="Recycle Bin"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}] @="Recycle
Bin" "InfoTip"="Contains deleted items you can permanently remove or restore."

@="shell32.dll,31" "Empty"="shell32.dll,31" "Full"="shell32.dll,32"

@="shell32.dll" "ThreadingModel"="Apartment"









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Missing Recycle Bin
by Reb Moishe / May 1, 2007 4:54 AM PDT

I am not an expert and I have lost my recycle bin, but I would like to try this but please tell me how do I go about creating a xyz.reg file??

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Posting into old discussions
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 1, 2007 5:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing Recycle Bin

I don't know if you noticed, but this discussion was started nearly 2 years ago, and the poster who you have replied to has not contributed any other posts since August 2005. It is not wise resurrecting old posts and people here see the age and often pass on by. You would do well to create your own discussion and seek help that way.

In addition, the person you are replying to for help offered a way to change the Windows XP registry. The registry is the core of the XP Operating System, the heart if you like, and making any changes to it without knowing what you are doing can cause irreparable harm. Changes can produce unexpected results, and can even stop Windows from working altogether.

Before you consider whether you want to make your own discussion, have you read through the other solutions offered in all the posts in this one? If so, what results did you get. You could post those results in your new discussion if none of them work for you.


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restoring xp recycle bin
by bobbingu / October 20, 2008 7:15 PM PDT

thanks John, that worked, sure appreciate the info

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recyle bin
by 2maks / August 22, 2005 1:08 PM PDT

did you try reloading windows

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by Cursorcowboy / August 26, 2005 12:50 AM PDT

1. The article [Q810869] explains that if the Recycle.bin does not appear on the Desktop, that it can occur for any of the following reasons, and for which the cure(s) is/are discussed:

? A third-party program was used to hide the Recycle Bin.
? The TweakUI program was used to hide the Recycle Bin.
? The registry information for the Recycle Bin was deleted.
? A Group Policy was used to hide the Recycle Bin using WinXPPro.

2. "Recycle Bin - Deleting Problems" or any of the other tips on this subject just a few pages below that information.

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I go out of my way to get rid of it!
by Brianstech / August 31, 2005 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: RE:

Personally, I've never liked the recycle bin. It's one of the first things I hack the registry to eliminate.

Instead I use Eraser 5.3 and Spybot's Secure Shredder.

I've read a few places that emptying the bin only compresses it's contents, and moves them to a less used sector. They then will only be written over when you are running out of HD space.

That may not be true, but I prefer the alternatives. Many people like the recycle bin in case they want to undo a deletion. I'm just very careful what I erase.

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Brian, I like the recycle Bin and I made a change in it
by DarCLew2 / May 23, 2006 4:20 PM PDT

I right clicked it went to properties and selected Do not remove files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted. In essense, there is no bottom. When I run my Ad-Aware SE, any items that were spyware, malware, tracking cookies or negligent items are quarantined & deleted. I'm not certain if those items would get deleted without the recycle bin. If you delete something, it has to go somewhere. It is only a suspicion on my part for anything deleted goes to the recycle bin but if there isn't one, were does it go?? Darrell Lewis

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thank you
by bkrsrb / August 2, 2008 12:34 PM PDT

I used every registry tweak and then removed them because i got nothing.
Then i read Mark Flax's reply. Well ladies and Gents. this was at least for me the ticket i was waiting to bnuy.
It worked flawlessly. Thank you Mark and thanks for leaving these posts so they can be used. I am no novice but I can tell you as I just turned sixty I prescribe to the theory that one can only hold so much information in the gray matter then the stuff you remembered first falls out your ear and it is lost until you find the information somewhere else. No Really! Just kidding but I did forget this neat little trick and it was everything I wanted and it did the trick.
This deserves ten atta boys and fifteen thanks

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Glad I could help,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 3, 2008 7:40 PM PDT
In reply to: thank you

even after all this time...... Happy


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I think I would have a solution...
by jimmyricky / September 30, 2005 8:30 AM PDT

To recover the Recycle Bin, first you must know how it got deleted...

To delete the Recycle Bin icon from the Windows XP/2003 desktop follow these steps:
1. Open Registry Editor by typing ''Regedit'' in
Start - Run
2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following
registry key:


3. Find the following key:

Delete the above key.
Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you're supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.
4. Close Registry Editor.
There is no need to reboot. Just wait a few seconds and see how the icon disappears from the desktop.
5. In order to restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop just re-create the missing key in:
(just copy/paste, including the brackets).
Hope it works for U! Chow

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missing bin
by Heronstork / December 9, 2005 5:56 AM PST

have you tried
right click start button
click desktop on left
copy recycle bin icon that appears on the right window to your desktop

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missing recycle bin
by joesherm / December 17, 2005 9:21 AM PST
In reply to: missing bin

I cannot find a recycle bin icon in my right desktop of my windows xp home page. Thanks joesherm

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Re: missing recycle bin
by Tufenuf / December 17, 2005 10:04 AM PST
In reply to: missing recycle bin

joesherm, Are the rest of your desktop icons appearing on your desktop and did the Recycle Bin just disappear? There's a reg fix at the link below on Line 64 (right column)"Replace/Repair the Recycle Bin in Windows XP". Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

Files from the above link are Safe to download.


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Missing Recycle Bin Icon
by P.K.Dheer / May 23, 2006 3:48 PM PDT

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer. If the recycle bin is there, click and drag it to your desktop. This should recreate your icon.

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Missing Recycle Bin icon
by efremdan1 / July 27, 2006 10:38 PM PDT

I cannot access the recycle bin and need to recover an important file that was mistakenly deleted

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Don't Know ifAnybody Found This But.........
by Trance_Zac / July 28, 2006 2:45 AM PDT
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missing recycle bin icon
by jpet1 / October 18, 2007 8:35 AM PDT

Running XP with service pack.

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(NT) recycle bin icom where can I find it
by Freda Challis / December 7, 2009 12:35 AM PST
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How did you get on
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 7, 2009 1:49 AM PST

with all the other options discussed in this thread?


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missing recycle bin icon
by oasisvge / April 3, 2010 3:15 AM PDT

hiya icant find my recycle bin in my laptop.i am using windows 7.can u help me pls to find out the icon

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This is the Windows XP forum
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 3, 2010 4:27 AM PDT

Try re-posting in the Windows 7 forum.


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