[Windows10] How to restore Recycle bin icon that has disappeared from Desktop

By | October 30, 2017

It is frequent that the Recycle bin on the Windows desktop is deleted for whatever reason, disappearing from the desktop.

On Windows 10, you do not have to worry about that. This is because the Recycle bin itself can not be removed.

First, as shown in the picture below, there is nothing clean simple screen on the desktop. There seems to be a little lonely, but there is no Recycle bin there.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

It’s good to know how to restore the Recycle bin in case where has disappeared for some reason suddenly.




Let’s restore the necessary icons to the desktop, including the Recycle Bin.

Show / Hide desktop icons

There are two ways to get to the setting place of the icon. First, click Start button > Windows Settings. Or just press Windows + I.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

▼ Next, in the Windows Settings, click 1Personalization

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

▼ In the Personalization Settings as shown below, click 1Themes tab, and click 2Desktop icon settings in the right pane.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

Moving directly from the desktop

As a second method, right click on the desktop, and click 1Personalize.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

Desktop Icon Settings

In the “Desktop Icon Settings“, 1check by selecting the icon. Click 2OK button and exit.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop



Changing Icon Appearance

▼ To replace the shape of the icon displayed as default, select the 1appropriate icon as shown below and click the 2Change Icon… button.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

▼ Next, in the “Change Icon” window displayed, select the 1desired icon and click the 2OK button.

You can also create and use an original icon(.ICO format).

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

▼ The 1“New Icon” is displayed, and click the 2OK button.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

▼ As a result, including the “Recycle Bin” on the desktop as below, also “Control Panel” icon is displayed.

[Windows10]the Recycle bin icon on the desktop

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