How to Get a Fully Functional Recycle Bin in the Taskbar on Windows 8 or 10

By Taylor Gibb on April 13th, 2012

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When you have a lot of Windows open on your PC, getting to the recycle bin can sometimes be a pain. Use this quick tip to create a fully functional recycle bin in your taskbar.

Creating a Fully Functional Recycle Bin in the Taskbar

Right-click on the taskbar, and choose Toolbars \ New Toolbar from the context menu. You should probably also unlock the taskbar at this point.

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When you are asked to select a folder click on the navigation bar and paste the following into it.

%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

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Once you are in the folder you can click the Select Folder button.

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You will notice that the toolbar is all the way over on the right, so click on the dotted lines and then drag the toolbar to the left.

Note: In order for you to see the dotted lines your taskbar needs to be unlocked.

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Your taskbar should now look like this.

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The next thing you will want to do is get rid of the text, so right-click on the dotted lines and uncheck “Show Text” as well as “Show Title” from the menu.

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Now we need to make the icons bigger to do this, again right-click on the dotted lines, this time change the view from Small icons to Large icons.

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Now we need to drag the Recycle Bin from the desktop onto the toolbar.

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Finally we can delete the other shortcuts in the toolbar, then lock your taskbar again.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 04/13/12
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