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Windows 7: Invisible Recycle Bin on Desktop

20 Oct 2009   #1
bigred

Win7
 
 
Invisible Recycle Bin on Desktop

I searched but didn't see anyone else asking this question, so here I go. I like a clean desktop, but like being able to drag and drop desktop files in the trash when I'm done with them. In Vista I made my Recycle Bin icon invisible by using a shortcut to the Recycle Bin and then using a transparent icon (along with a registry tweak to get rid of the shortcut icon).

In Windows 7, when I do this, a black square appears where the transparent icon should be.

Any idea why this happens, and if there's a way around it?

Thanks


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20 Oct 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

This can be done with TweakUI.. Get it -=> Here Just remember that this is an XP program. so be sure to install it in XP compatibility mode..
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20 Oct 2009   #3
bigred

Win7
 
 
Hmm....

Thanks for the reply. I might be doing this wrong, but I right-clicked on the installer and selected the compatibility tab, then chose XP, but it wouldn't run. I then unzipped the installer and did the same for the TweakUI executable...same thing. Am I doing something wrong?

Could it have anything to do with the fact I'm on Windows 7 64-bit?

Any other thoughts on what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks
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20 Oct 2009   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Run as administrator ... In theory 64bit OS is backward compatible with 32bit programs, so we'll see...
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20 Oct 2009   #5
bigred

Win7
 
 

Did that, no luck.
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20 Oct 2009   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Im sorry that it didnt work.. maybe someone else can help out...
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20 Oct 2009   #7
bigred

Win7
 
 

Thanks for trying. I'll check back later to see if anyone else has any ideas.
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20 Oct 2009   #8
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

You can remove the Recycle Bin through your personalize menu, click on change desktop Icons and deselect it, no need to use 3rd party programs or hacks.

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20 Oct 2009   #9
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

What I would suggest is rather than making the Bin invisible you move it to the taskbar.

I have heard quite a few horror stories with short-cut arrow removal with windows 7 x64

This may not be exactly what you are looking for but will give you the clean desktop - with taskbar autohide, very clean .

Recycle Bin - Pin to Taskbar

I use this and would not go back
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20 Oct 2009   #10
roban

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I use these recycle bin registry hacks. They work for me in Windows 7.


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