The Recycle Bin usually appears on the desktop. If you prefer, you can hide it.

To show or hide the Recycle Bin on the desktop

  1. Open Personalization by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Personalization.

  2. In the left pane, click Change desktop icons, and then do one of the following:

    • To remove the Recycle Bin from the desktop, clear the Recycle Bin check box.

    • To display the Recycle Bin on the desktop, select the Recycle Bin check box.

  3. Click OK.


  • Even if you don't choose to show the Recycle Bin, deleted files will still be temporarily moved to the Recycle Bin until you choose to permanently delete them. To turn off the Recycle Bin, see Change the Recycle Bin settings.