How To Delete/Remove Recycle Bin Icon From Windows 7 Desktop

Recycle Bin is a useful icon that helps you manage your deleted files. However, if you prefer a clean and organized desktop, you may want to remove it. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Right-click on Desktop

To remove the Recycle Bin icon, you need to access your desktop settings. Start by right-clicking on an empty area of your desktop.

Step 2: Select Personalize

From the context menu, select “Personalize” to open the Personalization settings window.

Step 3: Click on Change desktop icons

In the Personalization settings window, click on “Change desktop icons” located on the left side of the screen.

Step 4: Uncheck Recycle Bin

In the Desktop Icon Settings window, uncheck the box next to “Recycle Bin.” This will remove the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop.

Step 5: Click Apply

Once you have unchecked the Recycle Bin box, click on “Apply” to save the changes you made.

Step 6: Click OK

After clicking “Apply,” click on “OK” to close the Desktop Icon Settings window.

Step 7: Refresh Desktop

Finally, refresh your desktop by pressing F5 or right-clicking on your desktop and selecting “Refresh” from the context menu. The Recycle Bin icon should no longer be visible on your desktop.


1. Can I still access the Recycle Bin after removing the icon?

Yes, you can still access the Recycle Bin by opening File Explorer and navigating to the Recycle Bin folder.

2. How do I restore the Recycle Bin icon?

To restore the Recycle Bin icon, follow the same steps mentioned above and check the box next to “Recycle Bin” in the Desktop Icon Settings window.

3. Will deleting the Recycle Bin icon delete my files?

No, deleting the Recycle Bin icon will not delete your files. It will only remove the icon from your desktop. Your deleted files will still be in the Recycle Bin folder.

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