How to add the Recycle Bin to the Windows 10 taskbar


The Recycle Bin includes your deleted files. Of course, they’re not really deleted until you empty that bin; and you can always open it by clicking its desktop shortcut. However, it would be better to have a Recycle Bin shortcut on the taskbar so that you can open it without minimizing windows. So this is how you can add the Recycle Bin to the taskbar in Windows 10.

First, you should right-click the taskbar to check that the Lock taskbar option isn’t selected. If there’s a tick beside that option, click it to unlock the taskbar. Then right-click the taskbar again, select Toolbars and New toolbar to open the window directly below.


In the Choose a folder window you should input %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch in the address bar there and press Enter. Then click Select Folder on that window. Now you should find a Quick Launch menu on the right of your taskbar as shown directly below.


Next, right-click the Quick Launch menu and click the Show Text and Show Title options so they aren’t selected. That will leave just the icons on the Quick Launch toolbar. Right-click the Quick Launch menu again and select View > Large icons.

Now drag the Recycle Bin shortcut icon on the desktop onto the Quick Launch menu on taskbar to create a link in Quick Launch. Remove any other shortcut icons in the Quick Launch menu by right-clicking them and selecting Delete. That will leave you with just the one Recycle Bin shortcut there as below.


As the Recycle Bin taskbar shortcut is in the Quick Launch menu, you can reposition it by dragging the double arrow beside it left and right. Then right-click the taskbar and select the Lock taskbar option to cement the Recycle Bin shortcut’s position.


This is certainly a handy shortcut to have on the taskbar. Now you can open the Recycle Bin from the taskbar without returning to the desktop.

Posted by Matthew on August 3, 2016

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