Adding Recycle Bin to Windows 7 Taskbar

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Step One

Create a new shortcut. By right clicking on the desktop and selecting “Shortcut”

 

Right Click and select New Shortcut
Right Click and select New Shortcut

Step Two

For the location of the shortcut use the following:

explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder

 

Type the Location of the Shortcut
Type the Location of the Shortcut

Step Three

Name the shortcut. Name it “Recycle Bin” or anything else if you want.

Name the Recycle Bin Shortcut
Name the Recycle Bin Shortcut

Step Four

Right click the newly created shortcut and select Properties

 

Right Click on the New Recycle Bin-Shortcut and select Properties
Right Click on the New Recycle Bin-Shortcut and select Properties

Step Five

Click the “Change Icon” button

 

Click the Change Icon Button
Click the Change Icon Button

Step Six

Copy and paste the following location on the field marked by a Green Arrow (view the image)

%SystemRoot%system32imageres.dll

 

select-the-Recycle-Bin-Icon
select-the-Recycle-Bin-Icon

Step Seven

Now scroll a bit to the right until you find an icon that looks like the Windows Recycle Bin icon.

 

Select the Recycle Bin Icon
Select the Recycle Bin Icon

Press OK to save the changes. Now you should have an functioning Recycle Bin icon on the desktop.

 

Recycle bin shourcut on the desktop

Now lets Pin the Recycle Bin in Windows & Taskbar

Step Eight

Right click on the newly created Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select “Pin to Taskbar

 

Right Click on the New Recycle Bin Shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar
Right Click on the New Recycle Bin Shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar

Now you should have an Pinned Recycle Bin on the Windows 7 Taskbar.

 

Recycle Bin Pinned to Taskbar
Recycle Bin Pinned to Taskbar

This gives you quick and easy access to the Recycle Bin. Even if you delete the newly created Recycle Bin shortcut the Pinned Recycle Bin on the Windows 7 Taskbar will stay there are function. To unpin it from the taskbar just right click on the Pinned Recycle Bin on the Taskbar and select “Unpin this program from taskbar

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