Recycle Bin in Windows® 7
What are the ways to place a fully functional Recycle Bin on Windows 7?
The Recycle Bin is used to retrieve deleted files from the trash. It is good to place the Recycle Bin icon as a separate item on the Windows 7 instead of underneath Windows Explorer. For that, create a new shortcut to explorer.exe with the shell RecycleBinFolder as an argument. Assign the Recycle Bin icon in the Properties, and then choose to pin to the taskbar on the context menu. After the process finished, you will have a separate Recycle Bin icon on the taskbar useful for quick access to deleted files without having to hunt an icon on your desktop, since Windows 7 does not include the ability to pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar.
The ways to place a fully functional Recycle Bin on Windows 7 taskbar are:
- Drag the icon
- Using Quick Launch bar
- Personalizing task bar
Drag the icon
You could drag the Recycle Bin icon to the taskbar but then it will appear pinned under Windows Explorer requiring to click to open. This tip will show you one method of bringing a fully functional Recycle Bin to your Windows 7 Taskbar, so that you could clear off your desktop once and for all with little or no compromise.
Using Quick Launch bar
To get started, you should know the Quick Launch bar. Right-click on the Windows 7 Taskbar, hover over toolbars and click new toolbar. After entering the specified string of text, a labeled Quick Launch bar should appear near the clock. Then, right-click on the Taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar if it is not already. Again, right-click on your Quick Launch bar and uncheck Show text, as well as Show title, right-click and hover on View to select the size of the Recycle Bin icon.
You have to drag and drop the Recycle Bin onto the task bar. You could feel free to grab the dotted lines and drag the Quick Launch bar to your preferred location. It is recommended either pulling it all the way to the left near the Start menu. Relock the taskbar and hide the Recycle Bin on your desktop by right-clicking on an empty space and selecting Personalize When you are certain with the position of your Quick Launch bar. Then, click Change desktop icons in the left column of the Personalization window and uncheck the appropriate box.
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