2 Ways to Hide or Unhide Recycle Bin from Windows 11 Desktop

Windows Recycle Bin feature is known by everyone and has been so popular that almost every OS has a similar feature for storing deleted files on a PC. The key purpose of the Recycle bin is to hold the deleted files temporarily unless and until the users delete them permanently. The benefit of using Bin is, that we can restore our removed files in case we need them or realize their importance later. However, many users would like to have a clear Desktop, hence to declutter it, or have a customized view they want to hide the Recycle Bin icon and in this article, we learn how to do that.

1: Using Desktop Context Menu

1. Right-click on Windows 11 Desktop:

First, right-click anywhere on your Windows 11 Desktop space to open the context menu.

Open Personalise

2. Select the “Personalize” option:

Once you have the Context menu opened, from there select the “Personalize” option which will open the further Personalisation Settings available for customizing and personalizing the OS.

3. Open Desktop Icon Settings:

You will find a bunch of settings that we can use to customize the look and feel of Windows 11 OS, for now, leave the rest of the options and just click on “Themes“.

Open Themes Settings WIndows 11

After that click on the arrow icon to reveal the Desktop icon Settings options.

Open Desktop Settings

4. Disable or Enable Recycle Bin Visibility on Windows 11:

As the Desktop Icon Settings window opens, all the Desktop icons set to default by the system will appear such as Network, This PC, Recycle Bin, and File Manager.

Now, to hide the Recycle Bin icon from our Windows 11 or 10 Desktop, just uncheck the tick from the box given next to “Recycle Bin” and click the “OK button”

Similarly, in the future, if you want to unhide the Recycle Bin then again follow the above given steps check the box next to “Recycle Bin” and click “Apply” followed by “OK.”

Hide or Unhide Recycle bin icon windows 11 or 10

2: Disable Recycle bin Using Registry Editor (Advanced)

Apart from the above simple method of hiding and unhiding the Recycle bin, there is one more using Windows Registry, which is a little bit complicated for new users, hence recommended to advanced users only.

1. Open Registry Editor:

Search for Registry in the Windows Start menu or press Win key + R to open the RUN box there type – regedit and hit the Enter key to open Registry Editor.

Run regedit

2. Navigate to Desktop Registry Key:

On the Registry window, navigate to “\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum

Note: Instead of navigating through each folder you can paste this path in the address bar and hit the Enter key to quickly switch to the “NonEnum” folder.

3. Create a DWORD key to disable Recycle Bin:

As you select the “NonEnum” folder, a space with few keys will appear on the right side. Now, we need to create a DWORD key. For that, right-click on the empty area, select DWORD (32-bit) value, and name it – 645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E

Create Registery DWORD to hide Recycle BIn

Now double-click on the created key and set its value to 1 to hide the Recycle Bin. Click “OK” to save the changes.

To apply the changes, Log out and log in to your Windows 11 or 10, and the Recycle Bin will be hidden.

645FF040 5081 101B 9F08 00AA002F954E

4. How to unhide in the future (optional):

Now, in the future, if you want to unhide the Recycle Bin again then go to Registry Editor and change the value of the created “645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954EDWORD key value from 1 to 0, alternatively, you can also delete the key.

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