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Published on 08.24.07 by Brent Trahan

Bring Back the Recycle Bin

This guide shows you how to make the recycle bin appear on your desktop in Windows Vista.


So you right-clicked the recycle bin and selected Delete instead of Empty Recycle Bin. Now you can’t figure out how to get the recycle bin back on your desktop.

Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. This guide shows you how to place the recycle bin back on your desktop in Windows Vista.

Place the Recycle Bin on Your Desktop

  1. Right-click on an empty space on your desktop and select Personalize.
  2. Click Change desktop icons located on the top left of the Personalization window under Tasks.
  3. Check off the recycle bin in the Desktop Icons Settings window.


  4. Click OK to save your settings.

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20 Responses to “Bring Back the Recycle Bin”

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  1. Zack says:

    Awesome, glad i’m not the only one who deleted the bin by accident. Thanks!

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    It happens to the best of us Zack.

  3. Ginette says:

    How can i bring back Recycle Bin with Windows XP?

  4. Luke Marshall says:

    Lol cheers fr putting this on how stupid of me to click delete insted of empty recycle bin hehe:P

  5. rajeshwar says:

    thanxxx bro!
    thanku very much!!

  6. Dash says:

    thanks a lot

  7. BT says:

    thx man big help geez how stupid am I -_-

  8. mm says:

    thank you very much i thought i couldnt bring it back haha! c:

  9. suppi says:


    thanks alot…
    it was a great help…


  10. JPT says:

    Thank you man.
    It was a great help to me.


  11. tony says:

    finally. i consider myself to be really good with computers. i couldn’t believe i couldn’t find this little recycling bin after mistakenly deleting it.

    Thanks for posting this article.

  12. sam says:

    ha omg this was stupid thanks a bunch i totally blanked on how to bring it back!

  13. Valdy says:

    Thanks for this information.

  14. Carly says:

    Thank you!

  15. man says:

    thanks mate, u saved my night….

  16. pppp says:

    Thanks a lot mate…..

  17. bosun99uk says:

    Many Thanks. I mistakening deleted it from a friend’s laptop.

    Now i know better

  18. Charlie says:

    Guys, you know you can actually bring the real recycle bin back, right?
    Right-click the desktop, go to personalize, then go to “change your desktop icons” and you can add the recycle bin again…

  19. prashnth says:


  20. nykk says:

    Thank you very much! In Vista it is different than in Xp. You saved me from searching internet for trashcan! Great short and informative text :)

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