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How To Add Recycle Bin to “My Computer” in Windows 7 or Vista

Have you ever wanted to add the Recycle Bin to your My Computer screen? Yeah, it’s probably not the most common request, but here’s how to do it anyway with a simple registry hack.

Here’s what we’re talking about… if you wanted to do something more useful, you can also add Control Panel to My Computer as well.


To make this tweak, we’ll be doing a quick registry hack, but there’s a downloadable version provided as well.

Manual Registry Tweak to Add Recycle Bin

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:


Now that you’re there, you’ll need to right-click and create a new key…


Name the key with the following text:


Once you are done, it should look like this:


Now you should be able to hit F5 on your My Computer screen, or close it and re-open.


Downloadable Registry Hack

Rather than deal with manual registry editing, you can simply download the file, extract it, and then either double-click on the AddRecycleBinToMyComputer.reg to add Recycle Bin or RemoveRecycleBinToMyComputer.reg to remove it.

Download Add Recycle Bin Registry Hack from

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  • Published 07/9/10

Comments (9)

  1. howtogeeker

    amazing the amount of hacks you can do with the registry.


  2. 6205

    Entire Recycle Bin feature is BS. I turn it off ammong first things after Windows installation.

  3. John Haas

    Hello kind geeks, I remain grateful to the HP tech guy who referred me to the “How To Geek” site. The daily emails have taught me very much and I thank you for that, and I have much more to learn. I started from scratch when I bought my computer in 2007 when Vista was brand new. I had no experience with XP or other previous versions of Windows. When I asked for help, I would be told to go to “My Computer”, and I could not find “My Computer” anywhere. The closest I could get was “Computer”, but my knowledge was so limited and maybe I was being too literal, but I was afraid of making a mistake that would have made whatever jam I had gotten into worse. Eventually I learned that the “My Computer” of XP is now “Computer” in Vista. So, today when I saw my “How To Geek” mentor/heroes writing about “My Computer” in Vista I became moved to send this comment. I certainly could be mistaken, though, so if there actually is a “My Computer” in Vista I would definitely like to learn where it is, but for now I will just continue to translate, which has proven to be risky for a novice like me, from XP to Vista. Again, I thank you. Please continue the daily emails so I can continue to learn. The “How To Geek” has become my main point for good information and has informed me of more places from which I can learn more. Thanks.

  4. John Haas

    Hello again Moderator, I am writing to you now to request that you please remove my entry in this forum which was posted July 9. 2010 at 10:32 am for the following reasons. First, no one else uses their name here and I wish I hadn’t used mine here, either. I’m just not one who does the “public thing” on the computer, and I would otherwise have used a pseudonym. Second, I was just as politely as possible trying to make the point that there is no “My Computer” in Vista, and now I am just a bit embarassed about it. So, please remove that posting and please don’t post this. Thank you.

  5. Huh What

    Well, that seems to have not worked well. Oh, well.

  6. Lucky Man

    worked for me thanks!

  7. nt0xik8ed

    everybody, meet john haas

  8. dcj2

    Next Week on HTG – clever registry hack to remove your real name from public messages boards. Admittedly a small group of effected users, but very valuable to those that need it :) Don’t worry John Haas, we’re all good folk here, we won’t abuse your information.

  9. libs

    So many John Haas out there it is not funny. I thought that was a really cute posting. — that is a honest man right there, John Haas!

    I will join him (although its a whole year and half later) in some honest talk about the use of “Computer” and My Computer. For the longest time from maybe Win98 to… I was so confused about peoples usage of the My Computer…. I would be looking at a Computer in front of me, and wondering “Is there another computer inside of the computer?” Seriously…I had to translate it into “Computer is the big colorful folder that holds the drives — C drive and all that stuff”

    Thank you John Haas for giving me the strength to share this.

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