How to Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you have the ability to pin Recycle Bin to the taskbar. Once you do this, the Recycle Bin icon will appear on the taskbar. From there, you can open it with one click or with a hotkey or empty it. Simply follow these steps written below.


The Recycle Bin is a system folder which holds deleted files. If you have not deleted some file or folder permanently and have not disabled the Recycle Bin feature, then the deleted object will be stored in the Recycle bin folder until you empty it. When some files are stored in Recycle Bin, its icon changes from empty to full. The Recycle bin was first introduced in Windows 95.

To pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Create a new empty folder called Recycle bin anywhere on your disk. For example, I will create the folder
    C:\winaero\Recycle bin

    Windows 10 Create Recycle Bin Folder

  2. Drag the Recycle Bin icon from the Desktop to the folder you just created. This will quickly create a shortcut to the Recycle Bin system folder.Windows 10 Create Recycle Shortcut 1 Windows 10 Create Recycle Shortcut 2
  3. Rename the shortcut you created from "Recycle Bin - shortcut" to "Recycle Bin". Tip: you can customize the shortcut name template or disable the "- shortcut" suffix.
  4. Now, create a new toolbar on the taskbar. Right-click the taskbar and select Toolbars - New toolbar in the context menu.Windows 10 Add New Toolbar
  5. Now, browse to the folder where you created the new Recycle Bin folder, select the Recycle Bin folder in the open dialog, and click on the 'Select folder' button.Windows 10 Select A Folder For New Toolbar
  6. A new Recycle Bin toolbar will be added to the end of the taskbar as shown below:Windows 10 Recycle Bin Toolbar
  7. Now, right click the taskbar and untick the "Lock the taskbar" item if you see the check mark there:Windows 10 Taskbar Locked Windows 10 Taskbar Unlocked
  8. Right click the Recycle bin label on the taskbar it and untick the following items: Show title, Show text.Untick Show Text Title Enable the Large icons view.Recycle Bin Toolbar Large Icons View
  9. Now, move your toolbar to any desired place on the taskbar using the separator line.

Windows 10 Empty Recycle Bin From Taskbar

Windows 10 Pin Recycle To Taskbar
That's it. Now you have the Recycle bin pinned to the taskbar. From its context menu, you can empty it.

The same method can be used to restore the good old Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

5 thoughts on “How to Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar in Windows 10”

  1. large icons toolbars makes the taskbar height large, makes a gap
    is their a fix? please solve it

  2. If you create a new toolbar just navigate to ../Users/username and select the Recycle Bin. No need to build the shortcut or change the icon name.

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