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Finding the Recycle Bin
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The Recycle Bin usually appears on the desktop. If you don't see the Recycle Bin, don't panic—it might just be hidden.
In the Desktop Icon Settings dialog box, do one of the following:
To hide the Recycle Bin, clear the Recycle Bin check box.
To show the Recycle Bin, select the Recycle Bin check box.
Even when the Recycle Bin is hidden, deleted files are still stored there temporarily until you choose to permanently delete them or recover them. For more information, see Permanently delete files from the Recycle Bin or Recover files from the Recycle Bin.
The Recycle Bin usually appears on the desktop. If you prefer, you can hide it.
Open Personalization by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Personalization.
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.
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.
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