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How to add the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu in Windows 7

You have probably noticed that you cannot simply select Start and type Recycle Bin in the search bar to access the feature. In order to access the Recycle Bin directly from the Start Menu, you need to add a shortcut to the start menu.



Select Start – Computer and type the following:

C:\Users\your_user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

For our example, we have Leo as the username.

Press Enter.

Right Click in the folder, select New – Shortcut


 The Create Shortcut dialog box opens. Under “Type the location of this item:” fill in the following:

explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder

Click Next to continue.


Type a name for the shortcut such as ‘Trash’ or ‘Recycle Bin’. Click Finish.


The Recycle Bin folder is now available in Start Menu. However, its default icon is a ‘folder’ icon. To change the icon to the correct image select Recycle Bin and click Properties.


In the Shortcut tab, Click Change Icon button.


The Change Icons dialog box opens. In the text box under ‘Look for icons in this file”, type the following:


Navigate to the Recycle Bin icon and select it. Click OK to continue.


Click OK in the Recycle Bin Properties dialog box. Your Recycle Bin should now have the correct icon.


Close Windows Explorer. Select Start and type Recycle Bin in the search bar. The Recycle Bin should now appear (as shown below).



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