How to Remove or Hide Recycle Bin on Desktop in Windows 10

If you like to keep your desktop clean, you can remove recycle bin from the desktop too. Follow these steps to hide recycle bin on the desktop in Windows 10.

Generally, you can remove all the icons except Recycle Bin from the desktop. In fact, Microsoft itself removed the My Computer icon from the desktop. Though not so obvious, you can easily remove the recycle bin icon from the desktop.

Even after you remove the recycle bin icon, you can still access it. Simply put, you won’t lose any functionality but you will have a squeaky clean desktop. So, without further ado, let me show how it’s done.

Steps to Hide Recycle Bin on Windows Desktop

To remove or hide the recycle bin icon, you don’t have to change any group policy settings or registry settings. Windows has options to hide it.

1. First, open the PC Settings app by pressing the Win + I keyboard shortcut. In the Settings app, go to “Personalize” page. On the right panel, click on the “Desktop Icon Settings” link.


2. The above action will open the Icon Settings window. Here, uncheck the “Recycle Bin” checkbox and click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons.


3. That is it. You’ve successfully hidden the recycle bin icon from the desktop.


If you ever want to show recycle bin icon back, simply select the “Recycle Bin” option step 2 and save changes.

Access Recycle Bin After Hiding or Removing it from Desktop

Now, you might be wondering how you can access the recycle bin folder after removing it from the desktop. After all, there will be times when you need to delete or restore files from recycle bin. There are quite a number of ways. I will show two main methods. Follow the one you like.

Method #1: Shell Commands

Windows has a wide range of shell commands to access a variety of folders and applications. Recycle Bin is no different. It has its own shell command when used will launch the recycle bin folder.

1. To open the recycle bin with the shell command, press Win + R, type the below command and press Enter.


2. The above action will instantly open the Recycle Bin folder.

Alternatively, you can also use the shell:desktop command. This command will open the desktop folder which contains the “Trash” icon. Double-click on it and the recycle bin folder will open.


Method #2: Create a Keyboard Shortcut with AutoHotKey

If you’d like to assign a keyboard shortcut to open the Recycle Bin folder, you can do that using AutoHotKey.

I assume you’ve already had AutoHotKey installed. If not, download and install it from the official website.

1. First, create a new text document and rename it to anything you want. Make sure that you replace .txt extension with .ahk.

2. Right-click on the file and select “Edit Script” option. This action will open the script in Notepad.

3. Now, copy the below code and paste it in the file. Save the file by selecting “File → Save” option.

;Open recycle bin with Win + / shortcut
/:: Run ::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

4. Finally, close the file and double-click on it to run the file.

If you already have a dedicated AHK script for keyboard shortcuts, you can incorporate the above code into it. That way, you don’t have to run two AHK scripts. Also, you can start the AutoHotKey script with Windows.

That is it. As long as the script is running, you can open the recycle bin folder by press Win + / keyboard shortcut. If you want to, you can customize the shortcut to anything you want. Follow this official document to get to know the key list.

Wrapping Up

That is all. It is that simple to hide or remove recycle bin from the desktop in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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