How To Remove Recycle Bin From Desktop


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To remove the Recycle Bin from your Desktop (UAC needs to be off) first type gpedit.msc in Start / Search


You will see gpedit at the top of search double click to open Local Group Policy Editor


In Local Group Policy Editor open Administrative Templates


Then click Desktop in the right window you will see Remove Recycle Bin Icon From Desktop


Right click on this and in the drop down click Edit, In the Remove Recycle Bin Icon From Desktop Window choose Disable


Now click Apply then OK and reboot your PC.​
 
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On a sidenote, the Group Policy Editor is not available for Windows 7 Home Premium users. :(
 

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Yes. One wonders , sometimes, at the thought processes of the Microsoft final designers. Gpedit is only a GUI to the registry. It contains all the useful, and accessible, changes that can be made. It brings tears to my eyes to see advice on altering items (very dangerous for the inexperienced and experienced) when it could so easily be done and undone in the Group editor.What a great deprivation for the Windows home users, who could well be the majority.

For example, the tutorial here. How simple. To achieve it. To do the same the hard way:

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Desktop/NameSpace
scroll down the list of very strange names
( Mine is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E})
and eventually , on the right, the recycle bin will appear. You then delete the entry.. A reminder, though, for the curious! that you best export the entry as it can be a nighmare to reestablish it!!

But, back to the thread. I suppose their are customisation fanatics (like me) who would want to delete the bin, rather than just make it vanish?
 

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Interesting guide!

Why not simply unselect the Recycle Bin icon from the Desktop icons panel though, wouldn't that be easier? :D
 

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Much easier! lol But, unfortunately, read the last line of my previous post
 
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Here are 2 registry hacks that will hide the bin and show the bin. Does not require a reboot, simply refresh your desktop. Right click the reg file and choose 'merge'. That's it!
 

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