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I hate having anything on my desktop. I usually remove all the icons from the desktop, even the recycle bin. Occasionally I need to access the recycle bin, but having to re-enable the icon just to open it, is annoying.

I was hoping I could use the windows search bar built into the start menu but typing "recycle" or "recycle bin", but that returns nothing.

How else can I access the recycle bin without using the desktop icon?

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Also see – Pacerier Jul 9 at 6:19

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Open Explorer (Windows Logo + E) then type "Recycle bin" in the address bar.

That should work just fine, else add Recycle bin to your favorite locations in Exlorer.

Or press the Windows logo and type: explorer.exe ::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} Which you can of course assign a hot-key to any arbitrary keyboard key or key combination.

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Both you and Wil had a similar answer but you answered first and I like using the windows key shortcuts. Thanks. – Ryan Montgomery Sep 29 '09 at 14:50
@Ivo, Please elaborate on ::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} . What is it all about and how is it different from shell:recyclebinfolder? – Pacerier Jul 9 at 6:19

Make sure you spelt it correctly, I just click "Start" > "Computer", and typed rec... then Recycle Bin was shown underneath

I can also type "Recycle Bin" as a whole and it goes straight there.

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Good answer, but I gave the answer to Ivo for being one minute quicker. But you both had similar answers. :) Thanks anyway. – Ryan Montgomery Sep 29 '09 at 14:52

Sure, just type this into the search box:


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Thsi is only slightly slower than the Windows Key quick jump to an address bar, but still a decent answer. – Ryan Montgomery Sep 29 '09 at 14:52

You could pin a Recycle Bin shortcut to the Taskbar:

Recycle Bin pinned to the Taskbar

  1. In a folder of your choice, create a shortcut to
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder
  2. Change the icon (found in C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll)
  3. Right-click the shortcut and select 'Pin to Taskbar'
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Why do you use %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder instead of recycle bin or c:\$recycle.bin\recycle bin? – Pacerier Jul 9 at 6:21

Create a shortcut to the recycle bin (re-enable the icon on the desktop if you have to, you can disable it again after the shortcut is created) and drop the shortcut into the start menu somewhere convenient.

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Even I hate having anything on my desktop. What I do is :-

  1. Create a shortcut of recycle bin
  2. Name it 'r' or whatever you like
  3. Cut it and paste it in C:\Windows

Now whenever I want recycle bin I just need to :-

  1. Press Windows Logo+r which opens run
  2. Type r and hit enter
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Just learned an easy way: Open Windows explorer--or use copy you already have open. In the address at the top click the first arrowhead. Choose recycle bin from the drop-down menu.

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How about a recycle bin in your Computer:

Recycle bin in your computer

For this create a new text file and paste the following in it by using your notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Save it as .reg file and execute it.

To remove your recycle bin from your Computer again, use:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



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