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How to Change the Default Recycle Bin Icon in Windows 10

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The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default full and empty icon of the Recycle Bin for your account in Windows 10.




Here's How:

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

2. Click/tap on Themes on the left side, and click/tap on the Desktop icon settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Do step 4 (change) or step 6 (restore) below for what you would like to do.


 4. To Change Recycle Bin Full Icon

A) Click/tap on the Recycle Bin (full) icon, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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B) Browse to and select an .ico file or .dll file with icons in it, select the icon you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on Apply, and go to step 5 below.


 5. To Change Recycle Bin Empty Icon

A) Click/tap on the Recycle Bin (empty) icon, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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B) Browse to and select an .ico file or .dll file with icons in it, select the icon you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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C) When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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 6. To Restore Recycle Bin Default Full Icon

A) Click/tap on the Recycle Bin (full) icon, click/tap on the Restore Default button, click/tap on Apply, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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 7. To Restore Recycle Bin Default Empty Icon

A) Click/tap on the Recycle Bin (empty) icon, click/tap on the Restore Default button, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn