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Windows 7: Invisible Recycle Bin on Desktop

20 Oct 2009   #11


Thanks for the suggestions. I do currently have the recycle bin on my taskbar, and if that's all I can do, then that's fine. Ideally I'd like to have it on the desktop, but it's not the end of the world if I can't.
Thanks for the suggestions.

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20 Oct 2009   #12

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I have heard quite a few horror stories with short-cut arrow removal with windows 7 x64
What kind of horror stories are you hearing? I didn't have any problems removing the shortcut arrow with the same exact registry edit for XP.

OP: I didn't have any problem making my recycle bin icon transparent. I made a 64x64 icon with IcoFX - The Free Icon Editor and replaced it through Personalize > Change Desktop Icons.
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20 Oct 2009   #13


Hmm....when I go to change the icon for the recycle bin, and then choose the transparent icon that is part of the imageres.dll or shell32.dll files included with Windows 7, it originally works. But then once I've rebooted, the icon turns to a black square. The transparent portion of the icon doesn't stay transparent...

MSFunk, can you try using the transparent icon included in the imageres.dll file (C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll) and then let me know if it works after a reboot?

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20 Oct 2009   #14


Got it. I created a transparent icon using the software you mentioned, and again, it turned black after a reboot.

So instead, I created a transparent icon and just made a dot on one pixel. Saved it, rebooted, and it works. I guess maybe Windows 7 won't allow a fully transparent icon on the desktop?

Anyway, glad to have it working the way I like it, and the way I've gotten used to working. Now I can drag files to the top corner of the screen and into the trash, while having an otherwise fully clean desktop.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer some help!
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