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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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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

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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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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