How to Add the Recycle Bin to the Windows 10 Taskbar

The Recycle Bin includes your deleted files. Of course, they’re not really deleted until you empty that bin; and you can always open it by clicking its desktop shortcut. However, it would be better to have a Recycle Bin shortcut on the taskbar so that you can open it without minimizing windows. So this is how you can add the Recycle Bin to the taskbar in Windows 10.

How to Add the Recycle Bin to the Windows 10 Taskbar

Creating a Recycle Bin Shortcut on the Windows 10 Taskbar

  1. First, you should right-click the Taskbar to check that the Lock taskbar option isn’t selected. If there’s a tick beside that option, click it to unlock the Taskbar. Windows 10 Taskbar menu
  2. Now, right-click your Desktop and select New > Folder. Windows Desktop Menu
  3. Next, rename the folder Recycle Bin. Recycle Bin Folder
  4. Drag the Recycle Bin into your folder named Recycle Bin to create a link (shortcut). Recycle Bin Link
  5. Then, right-click the Taskbar again and select Toolbars > New toolbar. Windows 10 Taskbar menu 2
  6. Navigate to the Recycle Bin folder and then press Select Folder. Windows File Explorer
  7. Now, you should find a Recycle Bin shortcut menu on the right of your taskbar as shown directly below. Recycle Bin shortcut
  8. Next, right-click the Recycle Bin menu and click the Show Text and Show title options so they aren’t selected. That will leave just the icons on the Quick Launch toolbar. Windows Taskbar
  9. Right-click the Recycle Bin menu again and select View > Large icons. Windows Taskbar 2
  10. You should now see a Recycle Bin shortcut on your Taskbar that looks like the image shown below. Recycle Bin Windows

As the Recycle Bin taskbar shortcut is in the Quick Launch menu, you can reposition it by dragging the double arrow beside it left and right. Then, right-click the Taskbar and select the Lock taskbar option to cement the Recycle Bin shortcut’s position.

This is certainly a handy shortcut to have on the taskbar. Now you can open the Recycle Bin from the taskbar without returning to the desktop.


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