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Vista: Quick Tips To Customize Recycle Bin

Ah, the Recycle Bin … it always sits on the desktop waiting for your old files.  Don’t ask me why but I think the Recycle Bin deserves more attention.  I don’t know how many times I have helped end users recover files from the trash.  Often used but misunderstood … Here I will demonstrate a few easy tips to customize the Recycle Bin in Vista.

Rename Recycle Bin – Right Click the desktop icon and select Rename from the menu.  Now type in what you want to call the icon.

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Resize Recycle Bin – Right Click an open area on the desktop and select View and choose Classic, Medium, Large.

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Unfortunately this method will resize all the desktop icons.  I have not discovered a way to resize only select icons … but I am looking!

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/4/07

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