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Windows 7: Recycle Bin Image gone but functional

11 Jan 2011   #1
JaniceTB

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Recycle Bin Image gone but functional

On my desktop, the IMAGE for the recycle bin has disappeared! The text for the icon is showing as normal and I can drag items to the space above the words "Recycle Bin" and then right-click that space to empty it, but no image of it.

So I decided to create a shortcut to the recycle bin on my desktop (through 'create shortcut' button). The icon then appeared BUT only on the shortcut, not the orginal.


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11 Jan 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Janice, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if either restoring the default Recycle Bin icon, or changing the Recycle Bin icon to another icon and restoring the default icon afterwards may toggle it and have the icon display again.

Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Jan 2011   #3
JaniceTB

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

That worked! Thank you!!
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11 Jan 2011   #4
JaniceTB

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

ACTUALLY I spoke too soon. I was able to get the icon on the desktop but when I drag something in it, it disappears again. So I emptied it but it doe not reappear.

Also, why are there two recycle bins to choose from Recycle Bin (empty) and Recycle Bin (full)?
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11 Jan 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Go here: Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization and on the left side there is "Change Desktop Icon". Try to fix it there.
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11 Jan 2011   #6
JaniceTB

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I tried to change it that way, and the same thing happened.
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11 Jan 2011   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaniceTB View Post
ACTUALLY I spoke too soon. I was able to get the icon on the desktop but when I drag something in it, it disappears again. So I emptied it but it doe not reappear.

Also, why are there two recycle bins to choose from Recycle Bin (empty) and Recycle Bin (full)?
Well, we're almost there then.


The Recycle Bin uses two icons. One icon for when it's full, and another icon for when it's empty. Try changing the icon for both of these to another icon, apply, then restore the default icon for both of them to see if it may help.

If not, then rebuild the icon cache to see if it may.
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11 Jan 2011   #8
JaniceTB

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Can you explain further what you want me to do and how to do it? I don't understand what to do....
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11 Jan 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's the same as you did above in the tutorial below, but just change the icons for both Recycle Bins (Empty & Full), apply the change, then restore them back to default. That's all.

Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon
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11 Jan 2011   #10
JaniceTB

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. I changed the Full one to a padlock and the empty one to a flower. Since it is empty, the flower appeared on the desk top. Then I dragged something into it hoping to see the padlock but no luck...or I should say no icon. Then I set the default and the regular 'empty' recycle bin appeared. I dragged something into it and the icon disappeared again (rather than show the full recyle bin). I went ahead and emptied it hoping to at least see the empty icon but it stayed the same...no icon.
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