recover Recycle Bin in Windows

Recycle Bin Missing? This is How to Restore it on your Desktop

In Web & Safety by Fathi Arfaoui0 CommentsLast Updated: August 20th, 2016

The Windows operating system is the preferred choice for millions of people around the world. The OS offers lots of flexibility and options, however, it’s not that secure and solid like the Mac OS. As an example, lots of people find themselves with a Recycle Bin Missing icon on their desktop.

That’s what complicates the problems, especially when someone wants to recover deleted files from that folder. So, today’, you’ll learn where to find Recycle Bin, and how to make it appears again on your desktop.

To find the Recycle Bin location and make it appear again, follow the next steps from the different Windows OS versions.

Find the Recycle Bin icon and retrieve it in Windows 7 and 8

When you notice tat the Recycle Bin disappeared from our desktop, you can’t restore the files like images, videos, files and so on from your deleted data. For that, it’s critical to have the Recycle Bin folder on your computer desktop.

The first step in this tutorial is to make a right-click on Windows 7 or Window 8, and then, click on Personalize as the following screenshot:

Recycle Bin Missing

Or, you can go to the control panel and click on “Personalize” if you can’t work with the first option for any reason.

Then, you get the options to check the icons that you want to put on the desktop. Of course, in our case, you’re going to check the Recycle Bin option as it looks like the following screenshot.

Recycle Bin icon

That way, you add the Recycle Bin folder to your desktop by checking the right option.

How to Add the Recycle Bin icon in Windows 10?

With the Windows 10 operating system, the process is similar, but with some differences. The OS offers lots of options and adding the Recycle Bin icon or any other icon to your laptop’s desktop is easy and clear. To do that, start with a right-click on your desktop, then, click on “Personalize“.

Icons in Windows 10


From the right menu, click on the first option which is “Themes“. Then, under “Related Settings“, click on “Desktop Icon Settings” as the following example.

Windows 10 personalization panel

Now, you get the window where you can check the Recycle Bin option to check and enable again.

Windows 10 recycle bin

That’s exactly how to find the Recycle Bin and make it appears again. From now, you can find your deleted files and folders in the computer trash folder. But wait, if you want to use a data recovery tool and recovers accidentally deleted folders, then, makes sure you don’t empty the recycle bin folder. Just make sure to use a computer performance booster tool that speeds up the CPU and RAM.

That way, you avoid completely removing your images, videos, music and more files accidentally.

Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, Blogger, and the founder and owner of He shares Business, Blogging, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Also, he shares online marketing strategies and recommendations.

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