Solved recycle bin icon missing from desktop

December 12, 2012 at 04:49:09
Specs: Windows 7

I am using Windows 7 and my recycle bin icon is missing from my desktop. Doing the "right click on the desktop, personalize, change desktop icons, check the recycle bin box" doesn't work. Is there anything else I can try? Thanks.


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December 13, 2012 at 02:39:24

Hi all
Thanks for the replies! I stumbled on the solution by accident. When I right clicked on the desktop, I noticed the word "view" in the window that popped up. I selected it and found that "show desktop icons" was not checked. Once I put a check mark by it, all the desktop icons magically appeared. Duh.... Apparently, at some point, I decided that I didn't want my desktop cluttered and unchecked it. Thanks for your help.


#1
December 12, 2012 at 06:25:08

Try removing the check from the box next to Recycle Bin, then click Apply. Reboot, then recheck the box & click Apply.

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#2
December 12, 2012 at 07:00:48

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Any other suggestions?

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#3
December 12, 2012 at 17:39:03

Try this: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/wi... this is a Vista fix but it works with Win 7

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#4
December 12, 2012 at 19:01:52

With Recycle Bin's desktop icon enabled under Personalize, right click on the desktop and select Refresh.

If that doesn't work, open windows explorer, navigate to the Desktop folder (at the top of the folder tree, not in the Users folder below) and see if Recycle Bin is listed among the folders there.


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December 13, 2012 at 02:39:24
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Hi all
Thanks for the replies! I stumbled on the solution by accident. When I right clicked on the desktop, I noticed the word "view" in the window that popped up. I selected it and found that "show desktop icons" was not checked. Once I put a check mark by it, all the desktop icons magically appeared. Duh.... Apparently, at some point, I decided that I didn't want my desktop cluttered and unchecked it. Thanks for your help.

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#6
December 13, 2012 at 15:41:12

Thanks for the feedback... glad you're back on track.

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