How To Restore Recycle Bin In Windows 7

Recycle Bin works as a temporary storage place for all deleted items. When you delete a file by right-clicking on the file and then clicking Delete option or by simply pressing Delete key on your keyboard, Windows moves the file to the Recycle Bin. And when you want to restore a deleted file, you can open up Recycle Bin and then restore the required file(s).

NOTE: Deleting a file by simultaneously pressing Shift and Delete keys will permanently delete it.

Windows users often complain about missing Recycle Bin from desktop. Although users can’t easily delete Recycle Bin icon from desktop just like any other shortcut icon, you or some viruses might have disabled it! So, how to restore the Recycle Bin on the desktop?

recycle bin icon

If you are not sure how to restore Recycle Bin icon in Windows 7 desktop, just follow the simple steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Right-click on desktop and select Personalize.

desktop right click

Step 2: In the left pane, click Change desktop icons to open Desktop icons settings box.

change desktop icons

Step 3: Now, select Recycle Bin under Desktop icons section and click Apply.

restore recycle bin one

Step 4: You are done! Recycle Bin icon should appear on your desktop.


Step 5: Enjoy Windows 7!


And if the Recycle Bin option is unavailable in Desktop icons settings box, you need to enable it via Windows Registry by following the steps given below:

recycle bin option missing

Step 1: Download Restore Recycle Bin Registry file.


Step 2: Right-click on the file and then select Open.


Step 3: Click Yes for the prompt.

registry editor confirmation

Step 4: Now click Ok. Reboot your machine to see Recycle Bin on your Desktop. Note that this will also enable Recycle Bin option in Desktop icon settings box.

registry editor confirmation two

Step 5: Done!

If one of your computers is running on Windows 8, we encourage you check out how to enable or disable delete confirmation box (Are yous sure you want to move this to Recycle Bin) in Windows 8.


  1. Lex Dean says



    Default =C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,-55
    vista has C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,-54

    I do not know what windows 7 should have

    This mite e part of the error with win 7 read only $ delete problems

  2. Martha says

    That works up to the point of clicking on “Change desktop icons”. It won’t click. Nothing happens.

  3. Suzanne says

    Thank you so much. You have NO idea how much stress you have relieved. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANKY YOU

  4. Brittany says

    Thank you! This helped very nicely. Everything was explained and pictured well so I can easily understand. Thank you again!

  5. tegan says


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