Remove the Recycle Bin Icon from your Desktop

In the following tutorial, I cover how to remove the Recycle Bin Icon from your Windows XP Desktop. One reason you may want to get rid of the Recycle Bin Icon that is sitting on your desktop is that you have bypassed the recycle bin and automatically delete files from your computer. Or maybe you just don’t want to have any icons on your desktop. Recycle Bin removal requires that you modify a registry setting. To simplify this process, I have provided a registry file.

How to remove the Recycle Bin from Windows XP Desktop:

  1. Download the delrecyclebin.zip and extract the files to your computer
  2. Double click the delrecycle.reg file and click Yes when prompted to add the information from the file to your registryAdd to registry: select YES

How to re-enable the Recycle Bin Icon:

  1. To restore your Recycle Bin Icon, simply double click the enablerecycle.reg file also included in the zip. Select Yes when prompted to add the new information to the registry