How to get your recycle bin back

When it comes to computers, many users are constantly installing programs they need and deleting others they don’t use. From time-to-time, users run out of hard drive space and go on a bit of a deleting binge to free up space. What can sometimes happen though is that you go too deep into the OS file system and end up getting rid of something important, like the recycle bin, for example. If you use a Windows machine and this happens, there’s no need for panic and you can follow some simple steps to bring it back.

Here’s how you can restore your recycle bin if it goes MIA.

Windows 8, 7 and Vista

  1. Right-click on any blank space on your desktop.
  2. Select Personalize.
  3. Choose Change Desktop Icons from the left side of the window. It’s usually located just under Tasks.
  4. Click the box next to Recycle Bin.
  5. Click Apply.

The window that opens up also displays common desktop icons, and clicking the box beside these will put an icon on your desktop. You can also change an icon by selecting it from the box and clicking Change Icon. Pressing Restore Default will return the icons to their default picture.

Windows XP
For Windows XP users, the manual process is a lot more intensive. To make it easier, Microsoft developed a Fixit tool, that when clicked on will restore the recycle bin. You can find the tool here. All you have to do is click the button with the mechanic holding a wrench, saying Fix It. An app will download and run, and you should soon see your recycle bin reappear.

While you may feel a little silly, deleting the tool that allows you to delete, mistakes are often easily made. What you need to know is how to fix them. If you would like to learn more Windows tips, please contact us.

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