Ever since Microsoft forced people to update their computers to Windows 10 I’ve been getting calls from people with lots of different Windows 10 problems. From missing printers to 100% disk usage when nothing is running. The weirdest and perhaps the simplest problem is the missing Recycle Bin in Windows 10. I am not joking, for some reason, the recycle bin in Windows 10 computers and laptops just disappears without an apparent reason. Sometimes option 1 below doesn’t work. If that’s the case just follow the steps below in option 2.

Fear not, just follow the steps below and you will have your recycle bin icon on your desktop in no time.

Missing Recycle Bin in Windows 10 Finding the Recycle Bin – Option 1

First try this. If this doesn’t work then try the tip below

Click the Start button then click Settings

Select Personalisation > Themes > Desktop icon settings

Select the Recycle Bin checkbox then Apply

If you still can’t see the recycle bin on your desktop then try the following:

Missing Recycle Bin in Windows 10 Finding the Recycle Bin – Option 2

Open file explorer

Navigate to your C drive

Click View then on the right click Options and select Change Folder and Search Options

When Folder Options box comes up click on the View tab > scroll down a bit and untick the box where it says Hide protected operating system files and also select the radio button above where it says Show hidden files and folders

Apply changes and close the Folder Options box

Now, when you click on your C drive on the right-hand side you will see a folder called $Recycle.Bin. open the folder and right-click on the Recycle Bin icon > Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)

See video below for step by step instructions. Hope that helps you.

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Nenad Rajsic

Nenad is an IT consultant who helps SMEs with technology and online presence. He has years of experience with systems and networks, web design and technologies, SEO and social media marketing.

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