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How To Show or Hide Recycle Bin Icon in Windows 11


It appears that the recycle bin is not visible on your version of Windows and you want to show it on the desktop or you simply want to keep your desktop clean by hiding it.

desktop before removing recycle Bin
Desktop Before Removing Recycle Bin Icon
desktop after removing recycle Bin
Desktop After Removing Recycle Bin Icon

Before we begin, if you are looking for how to delete recycle bin in Windows 11, then, please stop wasting your time because it is not possible to delete recycle bin permanently. You can only remove recycle bin icon from the desktop in order to hide it.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to hide and unhide recycle bin in Windows 11:


Step #1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the “Personalization” option from the left sidebar and choose the “Themes” option.

select themes option from the personalization option from the left sidebar or navigation pane in windows settings app
‘Themes’ option

Step #3: Click the “Desktop Icons Settings” on the right pane under the related settings section.

select desktop icon settings option under the related settings section in themes panel in windows settings
“Desktop Icon Settings” Option

Step #4: To hide the recycle bin from the desktop, uncheck the “Recycle Bin” option and press the “Apply” button.

check the recycle bin option and press apply button to unhide recycle bin using windows settings
Check the “Recycle Bin” option

Note: To show the recycle bin on the desktop, uncheck the “Recycle Bin” option and press the “Apply” button.

uncheck the recycle bin option and press apply button to hide recycle bin using windows settings
Uncheck the “Recycle Bin” option

Step #1: Open Windows RUN by pressing the “Windows key + R” key combination, type “desk.cpl ,,5” (without quotation marks), and hit the enter key.

Step #2: To hide the recycle bin, uncheck the “Recycle bin” option and press the “Apply” button.

check the recycle bin option and press the apply button to unhide recycle bin using windows run
Check the “Recycle Bin” option

Note: To show the recycle bin on the desktop, uncheck the “Recycle Bin” option and press the “Apply” button.

uncheck the recycle bin option and press the apply button to hide recycle bin using windows run
Uncheck the “Recycle Bin” option

A scenario may arise when you want to access recycle bin but without restoring it. Then you can use the alternative ways to access recycle bin mentioned below:

1. Access Recycle Bin using Start Menu

Search for the ‘Recycle Bin’ in Start Menu and press enter key, the recycle bin will be opened.

2. Access Recycle Bin using Windows RUN

Open Windows Run by pressing Windows Key + R Key Combination, type the command: explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder, and press the enter key to open the recycle bin.

The two methods should be sufficient to access recycle bin. However, if you want to know more methods, then, you can see the 7 ways to access recycle bin.


We’ve addressed how to hide recycle bin icon from the desktop in Windows 11 using the built-in Windows settings.

The recycle bin is a great built-in Windows utility for storing the deleted files, folders, and programs in case we need to restore them after deletion. However, it will continue to work normally. You can restore deleted data while your recycle bin is hidden by using the alternative methods described above or simply by unhiding the recycle bin.

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