How To Locate Recycle Bin, Remove From Desktop And Change Location In Windows 10

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Have you ever been in a situation where you are urgently required to locate your recycle bin? You know how funny it is when you try to identify the recycle bin icon by looking at every icon on your desktop screen and it seemed not to be there, and then, you go over it again. And then you ask, "where is this recycle bin?" Well, if you were to ask me, I would say, I saw it crossing the railway.

Now preferring to keep our desktop clean, we remove the Recycle Bin icon from Windows 10 as one of the first tweaks to a fresh installation of the operating system. 

Although, locating the desktop icon settings can be a bit confusing and if you wind up disabling the icon before making it available elsewhere, you'll likely have a difficult time finding the Recycle Bin again without going back to re-enable it on the desktop. It is that stressful.

So, before showing you how to remove the icon from your desktop, here are two options for putting the Recycle Bin in other locations (one provides more functionality but you can do both):

Option 1
Pin the Recycle Bin to your Start Menu: Right click the desktop icon and click Pin to Start . A minor short coming about using this location is that it doesn't provide the normal context options when you right click on the icon (such as the ability to empty the Recycle Bin) and instead you must open the bin to interact with it.

Option 2
You can drag and drop the Recycle Bin into the File Explorer shortcut on your taskbar, which will pin a shortcut in File Explorer's right click menu, but also within File Explorer itself, along the left and you can interact with that one as you would expect with the ability to empty the Recycle Bin by right clicking and using that menu.

Removing the Recycle Bin from your desktop:
With the Recycle Bin available in some new locations, you should be ready to remove the icon from your desktop. To do that, you will have to right click your desktop and navigate to Personalize > Go to Themes > Desktop icon settings, which will launch a window that lets you add, remove or change icons on your desktop.
Now, you can uncheck Recycle Bin if you'd like to get rid of it and click OK.

If you can't find the Recycle Bin
Here's a backup way that you should always use to enable you find your Recycle Bin, regardless of whether you have it enabled or disabled on your desktop or pinned to any menu, or even if you're in tablet mode. In other words, you can go ahead and not pin the shortcut anywhere, and still access the Recycle Bin here...

=> First launch File Explorer and click on the first ">" in the address bar (where you can type) to open a menu that contains all of the desktop icons, including the Recycle Bin. If you click on "Desktop" from that menu, it will open all of the icons in a full File Explorer which provides the context menu option for emptying the Recycle Bin.

Another way to do it, you can open the Recycle Bin directly by using the Run prompt, which you can open by hitting the Windows key + R. Enter the command
shell:desktop.

An additional instruction for those in tablet mode: this setting displays your Start homepage instead of the Windows desktop, which is where the Recycle Bin is located. You can disable tablet mode to reach the standard desktop and the Recycle Bin there, or stay in tablet mode and follow instructions in the previous paragraph about going to Run >
shell:desktop and accessing the Recycle Bin in a File Explorer window. Either way, once you find the icon, you can pin it to your Start menu/homepage, so you don't have to search for it again. That's all.

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