You may have noticed, that you cannot pin the Recycle Bin or Computer folder icons to the taskbar directly in Windows 10/8. Today we’re going to share a tip on how to pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar, without modifying any system files. Although we are showing the procedure for Recycle Bin, you can also follow it for the Computer/This PC icon.
Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar
This can be done in three ways:
1] Add Recycle Bin to Quick Launch
The following steps may be carried out to do this:
1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Toolbars > New toolbar.
2. In the New Toolbar window, type the following location in the Folder field:
%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
3. That’s it. You’ll now able to see the Quick Launch menu.
4. Now drag the Recycle Bin icon in quick launch bar, until Link appears in the pop-up, and then drop it. It will create a shortcut inside the quick launch menu.
In this way, you will have successfully added the Recycle Bin to the taskbar, under Quick launch.
2] Move Recycle Bin to Taskbar
1. Unlock the taskbar. Create a New Folder on the desktop, rename it as Recycle Bin, now drag the Recycle Bin icon over this folder until you see Create link in Recycle Bin inside pop-up, then release it.
Copy the new folder(Recycle Bin) to Documents.
2. Now, right-click on the taskbar and move to Toolbars > New toolbar.
In the New Toolbar window, find the folder created in the previous step from Documents.
3. Now, right-click on the separator (vertical dotted line). In View section, check Large Icons.
Also, remove the checkmark from Show Text then Show Title. Thus you will see the Recycle Bin icon on the taskbar.
4. The Recycle Bin icon added in the previous step is on the right side of the taskbar.
To move it to the left, hold down the left-click on the separator line and drag it left until the pinned icons on the taskbar are inverted.
The previously pinned icons will automatically move to the right, thus leaving the Recycle Bin icon on the left side.
After everything is finished, lock the taskbar.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed the article.
P.S.: Moving Recycle Bin icon to the left may create extra space between the previously pinned icons and the Recycle Bin icon.
3] Use MinBin
MinBin is a free third-part recycle bin for Windows, which you can access from the system tray or notification area. This comes handy when you don’t want to keep it on your desktop. MinBin lets you open, empty, access the Recycle Bin from your Windows taskbar notification area or system tray.
Simply download and run this freeware portable app and it will sit in the notification area. Right-click on its icon to show the options. To empty the recycle bin, you can either double-click on its icon or select the Empty Recycle Bin option.
You can add it to the startup folder so that it runs every time Windows starts. MiniBin allows you to choose your own icons and offers detailed configuration. If you delete the files, empty.ico and full.ico in the folder, you will get a different icon. You can also replace them with your own icons.
MinBin may come handy when you are hiding the Recycle bin from your desktop or if you are using a replacement shell that provides a system tray, but no useable recycle bin.
Download MinBin from Softpedia.
- How to Pin Recycle Bin to Quick Access
- How to display Recycle Bin in This PC/Computer folder.