How to Bring Back My Recycle Bin

by Tim Mammadov

The Recycle Bin in Windows refers to a temporary storage place for deleted files. Microsoft added this feature to Windows operating systems to make sure that you could restore files after you deleted them. The Recycle Bin presents as an icon on your desktop. However, you can accidentally delete it or a virus might disable it. Microsoft Windows provides an easy method for you to bring the Recycle Bin icon back to the desktop.

Right-click on your desktop and select "Personalize."

Click "Change Desktop Icons" in the left-hand pane.

Click to place in a check mark next to "Recycle Bin" in the top right-hand pane.

Click "OK" to restore the Recycle Bin back to the desktop.


  • close If you find the "Recycle Bin" option grayed out, you need to download the Recycle Bin registry file. Double-click the saved file, click "Yes" and "OK" in the confirmation pop-ups. Restart your PC to restore the Recycle Bin back to the desktop.

About the Author

Writing out of Los Angeles, Tim Mammadov has been a professional writer since 2010. The majority of his articles are related to computer troubleshooting and spyware protection. Mammadov graduated from the University of Maryland, majoring in finance.