When you perform a clean install of Windows 10 or create a new user account, the Recycle Bin icon appears on the desktop by default.
Not all users use the Recycle Bin as many prefer to use the Shift + Del hotkey to permanently delete files instead of moving them to Recycle Bin. That said, many users often use the Recycle Bin to restore deleted files, and it’s a wise idea to delete files to Recycle Bin as recovering permanently deleted files can’t be done without the help of third-party tools.
Users often complain about missing the Recycle Bin icon from the Windows 10 desktop. Recycle Bin icon can’t be easily deleted, unlike other icons and files. But if the Recycle Bin icon is not appearing on the desktop, you can restore the icon with ease.
Adding or restoring Recycle Bin icon
Unlike previous Windows versions, adding or removing the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop is not very straight-forward in Windows 10 thanks to the omission of classic Personalization window. Users need to perform a couple of more steps in order to add the Recycle Bin to the desktop or completely remove it from the desktop.
Whether you have deleted the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop or it does not appear on the desktop for any other reason, follow the given below directions to add or restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop in Windows 10.
Add or restore Recycle Bin icon to Windows 10 desktop
Step 1: Right-click on desktop, click Personalize. This will open the Personalization section of the Settings app.
Step 2: Click Themes. In the Related settings section, click Desktop icon settings link to open the same.
Step 3: Here, under the Desktop Icons section, check the option labeled Recycle Bin. Click the Apply button to add the Recycle Bin to your Windows 10 desktop.
As you can see in the picture above, here you can also change the default icon of Recycle Bin, This PC, Network, and profile folder.
To change an icon, select the icon, click Change icon button, browse to the icon file (must be in .ico format), and then select the same. Refer to our how to change the default icon of Recycle Bin in Windows 10 guide for step-by-step instructions.
Damian Gorman says
This isn’t working for me.
Christine Kennerley says
recycle bin icon is ticked in setting and apply has been clicked but I still have no desktop icon for recycle bin
Catherine Roseden says
I have followed the instructions to the letter… but I still cannot see the recycle bin icon!
The tick box for Recycle bin on the Desktop Icon Settings window is greyed out and I cant click on it! The Apply button also remains greyed out when I click the recycle bin logo.
Didn’t replace the icon.
I still don’t see mine
D. Flowers says
Thanks. It worked.