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Lost Windows 10 Recycle Bin: How to Restore It

Have you accidentally deleted your Windows 10 Recycle Bin icon? Here’s how to restore it.

Restoring the Desktop Icon on Windows

If you have lost your Windows 10 Recycle Bin icon from the desktop, you can easily restore it by following these simple steps.

1. Right-click on an empty space on your desktop.

2. Select “Personalize” from the context menu that appears.

3. In the Settings window, click on “Themes” from the left-hand menu.

4. Scroll down and click on “Desktop icon settings.”

5. Check the box next to “Recycle Bin” and click “Apply” to restore the icon to your desktop.

Accessing Recycle Bin via Explorer

Step Description
1 Open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or pressing Windows key + E.
2 In the left-hand pane, click on “This PC” or “Computer”.
3 Look for the Recycle Bin icon. If it’s not visible, go to the View tab on the top menu and check the box next to “Recycle Bin”.
4 Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon to open it and view deleted files.

Displaying Hidden Files and Folders

To display hidden files and folders on Windows 10, you can easily access the File Explorer.

First, open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or pressing Windows key + E.

Next, navigate to the “View” tab at the top of the window.

Then, check the box next to “Hidden items” in the “Show/hide” section.

This will make any hidden files and folders visible in the File Explorer window.

It’s important to be cautious when dealing with hidden files, as they may be system files necessary for the operating system to function properly.

Repairing System Files to Fix Issues

To repair system files that may be causing issues with the Windows 10 Recycle Bin, you can use the System File Checker tool. This tool scans for and repairs corrupted system files by following these steps:

1. Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

2. In the Command Prompt window, type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter. This command will start the system file check process, which may take some time to complete.

3. Once the process is finished, restart your computer and check if the Windows 10 Recycle Bin has been restored.

Repairing system files can help resolve issues with the Recycle Bin caused by corrupted or missing files. It is a useful troubleshooting step to try before seeking further assistance or data recovery options.

Recovering Deleted Files

If you have accidentally deleted files from your Windows 10 Recycle Bin, there is still a way to recover them. First, right-click on the desktop and select “Personalize.” Then, choose “Themes” from the left-hand menu and scroll down to the “Related Settings” section. Click on “Desktop icon settings” and make sure the Recycle Bin box is checked.

Next, open File Explorer and navigate to the Recycle Bin. Right-click on the files you want to restore and select “Restore.” This will move the files back to their original location on your computer. If you can’t find the files in the Recycle Bin, you can try using data recovery software to recover them.

It’s important to act quickly when trying to recover deleted files, as the longer you wait, the more likely the files will be overwritten. Make sure to regularly back up your important files to prevent data loss in the future.

Deactivating Tablet Mode on Windows 10

To deactivate Tablet Mode on Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Click on the Start menu in the bottom left corner of your screen.
2. Select Settings from the menu.
3. Click on System.
4. Choose Tablet mode from the sidebar.
5. Toggle off the Make Windows more touch-friendly option.

Extra Tips for Recycle Bin Queries

  1. Check Recycle Bin settings:

    • Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop.
    • Select “Properties.”
    • Make sure the option “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin” is unchecked.
  2. Run System File Checker:

    • Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
    • Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter.
    • Wait for the scan to complete and restart your computer.
  3. Check for malware:

    • Run a full system scan with your antivirus software.
    • Use a reputable malware removal tool to scan for any malicious software.
  4. Restore Recycle Bin from a backup:

    • Check if you have a backup of your system that includes the Recycle Bin.
    • Restore the Recycle Bin from the backup using the appropriate tools.


Why can’t I find a Recycle Bin?

You can’t find a Recycle Bin because it may be hidden on your desktop settings. To locate it, right-click on your desktop, select Personalize, go to the Themes tab, click on Desktop icon settings, tick the box next to “Recycle Bin,” and click Apply and OK.

Where is my Recycle Bin on my Samsung phone?

Your Recycle Bin on your Samsung phone can be found by going to the Gallery, tapping on the Menu (the three horizontal lines), and selecting Recycle bin.

How to locate a Recycle Bin?

To locate the Recycle Bin on Windows 10/11, you can find it in the top left part of the desktop. Simply double-click on the Recycle Bin icon to open it. Additionally, you can select the icon and press Enter or right-click on the shortcut and choose Open from the context menu.

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