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How to Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar on Windows 10 & 11

If you are someone who likes a minimal desktop, the first thing you might do is remove or hide all desktop icons, including the recycle bin. However, doing so will limit you from opening the recycle bin. Thankfully, you can pin the recycle bin to the taskbar. That way, you can open the recycle bin with just a single click no matter where you are in the OS. In this tutorial, we’ll show you the simplest way to pin the recycle bin icon to your taskbar. Let’s get started.

Note: The below steps are tested to work on Windows 10 and 11.

Steps to Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar

To pin the recycle bin, you cannot simply drag and drop it onto the taskbar. You first need to create a shortcut and then add it to the taskbar. Here’s how to do it.

  1. On the desktop, right-click and select New and then Shortcut.
  2. right-click on desktop and select new and then shortcut
  3. In the blank field, enter “%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder” and click Next. enter recycle bin path in the shortcut window and click next
  4. Enter Recycle Bin in the name field and click Finish. This will be the name of your shortcut. name the shortcut and click finish
  5. Since the recycle bin is part of the Windows Explorer, it uses the default File Explorer icon. To change that, right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.
  6. right-click on the shortcut and select properties
  7. Click the Change Icon button in the Shortcut tab.
  8. click change icon under the shortcut tab
  9. Add “%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll” in the Look for icons in this file field and press Enter.
  10. enter the icon path in the top field and press enter
  11. Find the recycle bin icon, select it, and click OK.
  12. select the recycle bin icon and click OK
  13. You can see the new icon in the properties window. Click OK to save changes.
  14. click ok to save changes
  15. Now, drag and drop the recycle bin shortcut onto the taskbar.
  16. This action will pin the recycle bin to the taskbar.
  17. drag and drop the recycle bin icon onto the taskbar

That is all. As you can see, though not as straightforward as pinning an application, it is pretty easy. Once you are done pinning the recycle bin, you hide the recycle bin icon on the desktop. Just as with the recycle bin, you can also pin a folder to the taskbar for quick and easy access to your favorite folders.

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1 thought on “How to Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar on Windows 10 & 11”

  1. Avatar for Armani

    This perfectly let me pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar! Thanks man. I had trouble with other guides because other websites had me use the toolbar. This method is faster and easier. And the pictures helped alot. Thanks again

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