Hiding the Recycle Bin on Windows 11: A Simple How-To Guide

Hiding the Recycle Bin on Windows 11: A Simple How-To Guide

How to Hide Recycle Bin on Windows 11
The Recycle Bin is a feature in Windows 11 that allows you to recover deleted files and folders. While it can be useful, you may want to hide the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop if you don't use it frequently or if you want to declutter your desktop. Here's how you can do it:

Right-click on an empty area of your desktop and select "Personalize" from the menu.
In the "Personalization" window, click on the "Themes" tab on the left side of the screen.
Scroll down to the "Related Settings" section and click on the "Desktop icon settings" link.
In the "Desktop Icon Settings" window, uncheck the box next to "Recycle Bin" to hide it from your desktop.
Click on "Apply" and then "OK" to save your changes.
Alternatively, you can also hide the Recycle Bin by using the Windows Registry. Here's how:

Press the "Windows + R" keys on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
Type "regedit" and press "Enter" to open the Registry Editor.
Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
Right-click on the "NewStartPanel" key and select "New > DWORD (32-bit) Value" from the menu.
Name the new value "{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}" (without the quotes) and press "Enter."
Double-click on the new value and set the value data to "1."
Click "OK" to save your changes and close the "Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value" window.
Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Once you've followed these steps, the Recycle Bin icon will be hidden from your desktop. To restore it, simply follow the same steps and check the box next to "Recycle Bin" in the "Desktop Icon Settings" window, or set the value data for the DWORD value to "0" in the Registry Editor.

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