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Windows 7: Can't delete desktop Recycle Bin icon?


12 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 
Can't delete desktop Recycle Bin icon?

I was able to get the recycle bin to reside in the taskbar and now I want to delete its desktop icon. However, when I try to do it (right click), I don't get any options to do so???

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12 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Right click on desktop> personalize>(im not on my win 7 machine ATM so this part may vary) then on the left there should be an option like desktop. open that and uncheck recycle bin.

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12 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the answer. But out of curiosity, shouldn't one be able to delete the icon in the same manner as other desktop icons? Why would Windows hide the solution?
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12 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

just right click on desktop -> personalize -> on the left click change desktop icons and uncheck recyle bin

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flycaster View Post
shouldn't one be able to delete the icon in the same manner as other desktop icons? Why would Windows hide the solution?
i assume to prevent accidental delete..


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12 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Well its more of a power user thing to have it hidden the average user doesn't use programs like ccleaner so they like to be able to see there recycle bin.
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12 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

If you were simply able to delete the icon without previously seeing a new toolbar with the shortcut pinned you wouldn't have any way to view it or restore files accidentally deleted as well as emptying it when full. You would then be forced to repair it.

It makes sense not having that option and simply unchecking it from the desktop icons group in the "right click menu>Personalize>Change Desktop Icons" option seen there. Here I also renamed what would be seen on the taskbar by dragging the RB into a new "Trash Can" folder and using the new toolbar option as well as seeing the shortcut already on the RocketDock toolbar there.


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14 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

How do you get Recycle Bin pinned on the taskbar?
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15 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Actually it wasn't pinned at all! First you need to plan a new toolbar. Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

When following the guide for seeing a new folder created for the new toolbar and having that open in an explorer windows you drag the icon for the recycle bin right into that folder and release the left click. That will then see a new shortcut created since the recycle bin icon snaps back on the desktop. Right click to choose properties>general tab to back space the CP to erase the "shortcut to" part and hit enter to see that gone.

You can also change the default icon to something else in the right click on desktop>Personalize>Desktop icons where you see the two for full and empty. You then right click on each of those to selec the change icon option in the preperties screen using one to represent when full and the other for empty. First you need the icons that suit however for that change.

Once the new toolbar is added you leave the text part(folder name) visible depending on how you name that or hide by unchecking the show title and leave an icon without any text but a toolbar separator next to it. Since only one shortcut for the RB was dragged into that particular folder you won't see the separator that actually serves a dropdown list of shortcut when you have any number of others added.

For the "Trash Can" you would generally that by itself however! Other toolbars here are for Utilities, System features, another on the left side of the taskbar named Quick Bar for those used more often, and cleaning off the entire desktop of any shortcuts while still having the ready access.

Once you have that displayed on the taskabr or even have a 3rd party addon called RocketDock installed you simply uncheck the RB box in the Personalize>Desktop icons and call it a day no longer being displayed on the desktop itself. The other options are simply to see a totally shortcut free desktop.
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15 Oct 2010   #9
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by galaxys View Post
How do you get Recycle Bin pinned on the taskbar?
Hello Galaxys,

This can help show you how to.

Recycle Bin - Pin to Taskbar
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15 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Too many guides to keep up with! There you go!
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