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Moving The Recycle Bin

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Moving The Recycle Bin Reply with quote

By default the only icon on your desktop after a clean install of Win 7 is your Recycle Bin, but it dosnt have to be there.
Here is a couple of alternatives for placing the recycle bin somewhere else.

As you can see I dont like icons on my desktop so the recycle bin cannot stay there.

To pin it to the Start Menu just drag it over the Start button, it will then give you the option to pin it to the Start Menu, when it does drop it.

To remove it from your desktop right click on your desktop and choose 'Personalize'.

In the window that opens, click on the 'Change desktop icons' link on the left.

Now uncheck the Recycle Bin check box and click 'OK' and its gone from your desktop. Close the Personalize window.

Now that's okey but if you dont want it in the Start Menu either you can pin it to the taskbar. To do this you need to create a shortcut which is very easy to do.
Right click on your desktop and choose 'New' then 'Shortcut'.

In the window that opens copy and paste explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder into the location box then click 'Next'.

Give the shortcut a name and click on 'Finish'.

You now have a shortcut but you need to change the icon.
Right click on the icon and choose 'Properties'. Under the 'Shortcut' tab click on 'Change Icon'. In the window that opens type %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll and click 'OK'.

You can now scroll and select the Windows Recycle Bin icon, alternatively you can navigate to one of your own icons, when done click 'OK' and 'OK' again to close the windows and your icon will be changed.
Now just drag it onto the taskbar and its pinned.

The problem with this method is that although clicking the icon will open the recycle bin you lose the right click context menu commands and the ability to drag and drop items into the Recycle Bin. We can fix this by creating a Quick Launch Bar and pinning the Recycle Bin to it.
To do this right click on an empty part of the taskbar and click on 'Lock the Toolbar to unlock it then choose Toolbars followed by 'New Toolbar'.

Click on the little down arrow next to the location bar and copy and paste this in to it: %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch.

Click on 'Select Folder' and you will see the quick launch toolbar next to your notification icons.

Right click on the dotted lines next to the Quick Launch and uncheck 'Show Text' and 'Show Title'.

Now drag your Recycle Bin shortcut onto the quick launch toolbar.
You will see that it is a very small but fully functional icon.

To make it larger right click in the quick launch bar and select 'View' then check 'Large Icons'.

Lock your taskbar again and its done!

Enjoy moving your Recycle Bin around!
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