How To Restore Lost Recycle Bin Icon On Windows 10

Recycle Bin is a folder on Windows that contains all your deleted files before they permanently vanishes from the PC (unless you have deleted using Shift + Delete key). Decision rest in your hands whether you want to remove them all or restore them if any of them was deleted by mistake. Whatever be the case, we know the importance of Recycle Bin! But what if, the icon is missing from the desktop, then how to restore this lost recycle bin on Windows 10?

Well, this is the answer we are giving you through this blog. So if you ask the reasons for its disappearance on the Windows desktop, it could be anything from a new Windows update to removing the registry entry of the icon. Let’s see the solutions on how to restore the lost recycle bin on Windows 10.

How To Restore Lost Recycle Bin Icon On Windows 10

Step 1: Click on the Start button from the bottom left-hand side of the window and let the menu unfold. Choose Settings from here. Alternatively, right-click on Windows screen and select Personalize.

Step 2: Under Personalization section > select Themes > Locate Desktop icon settings.

Step 3: Tick mark the checkbox of Recycle Bin. and you will be able to restore lost recycle bin in Windows 10.

This must solve your problem to locate the trash bin icon quickly.

Restore Lost Recycle Bin Icon On Windows 10

Other Setting You Should Check

Your computer might reach to the Tablet mode that makes Windows 10 recycle bin icon missing. For this, it is better to turn off the mode. Follow the steps for the same:

Step 1: Click Start > Reach Settings > System > Tablet Mode.

Step 2: Toggle off the switch of ‘Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode’ and ‘Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode’.

Restore Lost Recycle Bin Icon

How To Create A Recycle Bin Shortcut?

If you can’t recover Recycle Bin icon on Windows 10 even now, it is best to create a shortcut on your desktop.

Step 1: Go to File Explorer and reach to View > Options. All the folder options would appear in front of you.

Step 2: Click on View tab inside Folder Options. Here, check the box of ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’ and uncheck the box ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

How To Create A Recycle Bin Shortcut

Step 3: A new prompt appears, click Apply > OK

Step 4: Now come back to File Explorer > click on This PC > C Drive. Here, locate $Recycle.Bin, right-click on it. Choose Send To and select Desktop(create shortcut).

Recycle Bin in Windows 10 easily gets back to the desktop with such steps mentioned above.

Additional Tip

We have explained how to restore the lost recycle bin on Windows 10. But at the same time, you should also learn how to restore deleted data back on your PC if it has been removed accidentally or even deliberately. If the recycle bin doesn’t have the remains of your file, you need to know about Advanced Disk Recovery tool.

While learning about how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10, this utility tool makes data recovery easier than ever.

With that additional tip, also check:

Happy Recovery!

We hope you recover Recycle Bin in Windows 10 after following the blog above. If you couldn’t or facing some other issues, write to us in the comment section below.

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    Ignacious Pullitzer
    Thankyou so much for your brilliant help. I have been trying for ages to restore the Recycle icon and this site is the first to have made sense. Well done guys.

    4 years ago

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