ITsVISTA Tip 19: Restore Your Vista Recycle Bin Icon

TipsSo you lost your Recycle Bin icon. Maybe you deleted it on purpose, as I showed in our last tip, or maybe you don’t know how it disappeared. Assuming you didn’t turn off all your desktop icons (right-click your desktop, choose View from the menu, and choose Show Desktop Icons if it doesn’t have a check next to it, which will turn them back on), it’s easy to get back, so stop your sweating and follow these simple steps.

  1. Right-click on your desktop and choose Personalize
    Right-click to get Personalize
  2. Click on the Change Desktop Icons link in the upper left hand corner
    Change Desktop Icons
  3. In the Desktop Icons Settings window, check the Recycle Bin box and click OK
    Check Recycle Bin

That’s it, told you it was easy!

Note: There is now a Microsoft ‘Fix It’ that will also restore the icon for you! Download it from this page.

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