How to restore the missing Recycle Bin on the Windows 11 desktop

Restore the missing Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop icons in Windows 11? The Recycle Bin is part of the unique icons that used to be automatically added to each user’s desktop in previous versions of Windows.

In Windows 11, only the Recycle Bin icon is not automatically on the desktop by default. So if you are missing the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop in Windows 11, the steps below will show you how to fix it.

There may also be other reasons why the Recycle Bin icon is not on your desktop. If you set your desktop to hide all icons, all icons, including the recycle bin, will be hidden. Make sure your desktop has icons displayed before performing the steps below.

Placing Recycle Bin icon on desktop in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start button. Click Settings on the menu. On the left, click Personalization. Then click on Themes, and at the bottom, click again on “Desktop Icon Settings”.

In the desktop icon settings, check “Recycle Bin” and click OK. You will immediately see that the Recycle Bin is displayed on the desktop.

Optional: If you have a theme installed in Windows 11. Some themes might show or hide desktop icons such as the recycle bin, make sure to uncheck “Allow themes to change desktop icons”.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you for reading!

Learn more: Icons do not work in Windows 11?

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