Is there some way to add a Recycle Bin entry to the Windows start menu's search?

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Note I'm asking for something that will come up at the top when a part of Recycle Bin is typed, e.g. Recy. I am aware of shell:RecycleBinFolder - which also happens to be recognised under the Internet category.

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To find Recycle bin in start menu search as you asked is explained very detailed here with screen caps. Hope that post useful to you.I have tried in my comp and it works like follows.

  • In My computer or Windows explorer type these in navigation toolbar C:\Users\Desingh(type your user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu enter image description here

  • Right click, create new shortcut and enter this

    explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder

    And name the shortcut as " Recycle Bin" and click finish enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

Now type Recy in search bar it will show the Recycle Bin shortcut link It shows me like this. If you want to change the icon of Recycle Bin link you can do it by the procedure given above link but not necessary .

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  • I see, I tried that before but did not realise a shortcut required passing the shell link to explorer.exe, i.e. I had tried a shortcut to just shell:RecycleBinFolder which obviously did not work. Would you mind adding at least a brief version of those instructions to your answer?
    – Bob
    Apr 6, 2012 at 5:43

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