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


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.


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


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


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.


Your taskbar should now look like this.


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.


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.


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


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


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

Comments (9)

  1. Howard

    Good to add to my windows 7 too :)

  2. Tonino

    But… it looks damn ugly

  3. Madis

    Boring old trick. Still can’t pin to taskbar?

  4. Tonino

    Notice how the taskbar icons are moved upwards and leave a horrible empty space below.
    They now look totally misaligned with the orb.
    Gaaah my eyes…

    Still, if you really need the functionality it might be useful

  5. Somewhiteguy

    Good tip for those that still use the recycle-bin but do not want things cluttering the desktop. If you don’t like the size of the icon don’t make it a large icon. I use small icons to save screenspace, and my eyes aren’t bad enough to need larger icons… yet.

  6. Pat

    Good concept – sucks that it makes your taskbar 15 pixels taller when you use large icons. Guess I’ll just keep hitting the “show desktop” button next to the clock and getting to my recycle bin that way.

  7. r

    I’m all in for tossing Windows 8 into a real recycling bin

  8. Look at me if

    SO stupid idea

  9. rocky

    Thanks for giving the more information about the How to Get a Fully Functional Recycle Bin in the Taskbar on Windows 8

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