How To Remove Recycle Bin From Desktop

Welcome to our ultimate “How to remove recycle bin from desktop” guide!

Whatever you need to know or whichever Windows system you might operate we’ve got you covered.

We have step-by-step methods for Windows 10, 8 and even 7 included, so just scroll below and use the clickable table of contents to get to the right section of this guide for you.

Scroll below to see detailed guides on how to remove recycle bin from desktop for the past 3 Windows versions!

How to remove recycle bin from desktop in Windows 10

Chances are that most of you reading this guide are running Windows 10, so let’s tackle this task in Windows 10 first.

Step 1 – locate Recycle bin on your desktop

This first step is super easy and all you have to do is locate recycle bin on your desktop. That is of course if your desktop is clean 😉

Step 2 – right click on Recycle bin and click PIN TO START

I would call this step optional, I put this here because that’s how I have done it and it works for me.

To keep your recycle bin icon still at hand, you might want to pin it to the start menu.

To do this, click on Recycle bin with the right mouse button, then select Pin to start to do that.

how to remove recycle bin from desktop windows 10

Step 3 – right click on desktop and select PERSONALISE

Now you will have to click on the right mouse button (on free space on your desktop) so the desktop settings will appear. From the drop-down menu select PERSONALISE to open personalization settings.

select personalise from desktop setting menu

Step 4 – select THEMES option

You just managed to open the desktop personalization settings window, so to get to the next step click on THEMES on the left-hand side. See the below picture for further reference

select and click on themes selection

Step 5 – click on Desktop Icon Settings

In this next step, you will have to look for a settings option named Desktop Icon Settings, which you find on the right-hand side. As shown in the picture below

how to remove recycle bin from desktop windows 10 , step 5

Step 6 – find and uncheck Recycle bin option

Find Recycle bin from given options, notice there’s a check next to it.

This checkmark means, that recycle bin icon is selected to be shown on the desktop. So to not show it, you will have to uncheck it and to save click on APPLY, then OK. Congratulations, you just removed recycle bin from your desktop in Windows 10. If you’d like to learn other Windows 10 tips and tricks I recommend this Laptopmag article.

How to remove recycle bin from desktop in Windows 8

In this part of our guide, we will teach you how to remove recycle bin from your desktop in Windows 8. You can use this guide to remove recycle bin in Windows 8.1 as well.

Step 1 – click on Windows start button

In this first step, all you will have to do is locate and click on the Windows start button, which you will find in the bottom left corner of your screen.

how to remove recycle bin from desktop windows 8

Step 2 – click on search bar icon

Now locate the search bar icon, that you will find in the top right corner of your start menu. See the picture to show where it’s located.

how to remove recycle bin from desktop windows 8 step 2

Step 3 – Type HIDE into search bar and click on SHOW OR HIDE COMMON ICONS from desktop

You just managed to locate and open the Windows search bar and now just type HIDE in there. Then find SHOW OR HIDE COMMON ICONS FROM DESKTOP and click on it to open.

The below picture will help you understand this step a bit better (if needed)

show or hide common icons from desktop

Step 4 – locate RECYCLE BIN option

From shown options, find RECYCLE BIN, notice the checkmark next to it, as a result of this recycle bin icon will be shown on the desktop.

desktop icons - select recycle bin

Step 5 – uncheck recycle bin option and save

The checkmark means that recycle bin icon is selected to be shown on the desktop, so to not show it uncheck it and click APPLY to save. Congratulations, you just removed recycle bin icon from your Windows 8 desktop.

uncheck recycle bin option to hide

How to remove recycle bin from desktop in Windows 7

In this section of our guide, you will learn how to remove recycle bin from the desktop of your Windows 7. So scroll below to see our step-by-step instructions.

Step 1 – right click desktop and click PERSONALISE

Click on the empty portion of your desktop with the right mouse button, then select PERSONALISE from provided options. Click on it to open desktop personalization settings

how to remove recycle bin from desktop windows 7

Step 2 – click CHANGE DESKTOP ICONS

After the desktop personalization settings window opened, look for the CHANGE DESKTOP ICONS option. You can find it in the top left corner, so click on it to proceed.

how to remove recycle bin from desktop windows 7

Step 3 – find RECYCLE BIN option

Find recycle bin option from provided options. Notice the checkmark next to it, so this means that recycle bin icon is selected to be shown on Windows 7 desktop.

remove recycle bin from windows 7 desktop

Step 4 – uncheck Recycle bin option and save

To hide recycle bin from being shown on the desktop uncheck the checkmark next to recycle bin option, then click APPLY to save. Well done, you removed recycle bin icon from your desktop.

uncheck recycle bin option and save

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