Missing Recycle Bin

  1. Posts : 130
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit

    Missing Recycle Bin

    all of a sudden I can't see the icon of the recycle bin any longer in the left pane of the Windows Explorer screen. I can see it on the desktop but as I keep the desktop normally hidden (clean desktop policy) I don't see it there either.
    Can anyone help me recover the missing recycle bin icon please?
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  2. Posts : 61,950
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations


    Normally, the Recycle Bin icon will only show in the navigation pane of File Explorer if you turned on Show all folders for the navigation pane.

    However, you could use option 2 in the tutorial below to show the Recycle Bin icon in the navigation pane with Show all folders turned off.

    Add or Remove Recycle Bin from Navigation Pane in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 130
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Thank you so much.
    Show all folders in the navigation pane did the trick. (little thing I didn't know)
    much appreciated, gabriŽl
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  4. Posts : 61,950
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    You're most welcome.
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  5. Posts : 819

    Now that you have it visible -- I ask you to consider moving it to the Start Menu.

    I was Apple only for 29 years and when I finally came to Windows (with 10) I felt that a lot of what I didn't like about Windows was simply aesthetic. (Well, there's drivers and eyeballing virus and malware stuff but that I've gotten a handle on.) Still -- the thing that bugs me the most about Windows is visual clutter.

    To feature a trash can top left just seems... yuck. But to hide it in the Start Menu, for me, rules. Like so --

    Missing Recycle Bin-2019-09-13-11_25_23-greenshot.jpg

    The minor inconvenience is needing to right click items into the bin... or select and hit the delete key. But to get that bin hidden is worth it to me. I also believe having shortcuts to apps on the desktop is similar clutter when you have an entire start menu to dump things into, which again, is typically hidden. It houses 35 less used apps.

    You may have noticed my desktop appears to be empty. Appearances can be deceiving --

    Missing Recycle Bin-2019-09-13-11_25_44-greenshot.jpg

    Someone in these parts raved silly about AutoHideDesktopIcons. It's an awesome app... and free.

    Don't mind me. Just trying to make the MEH a little easier on the eyes. One last thing --

    Missing Recycle Bin-2019-09-13-11_38_15-.jpg

    You can have a transparent taskbar thanks to TranslucentTB in Windows store.
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