How to Restore the Waste Bin

Written by stephen lilley
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The icon of a waste bin on your Windows desktop is tied to a utility called the "Recycle Bin." When you delete a file from your hard drive, it gets placed in this Recycle Bin for storage until it gets automatically (and permanently) removed at a later date. If this waste bin icon has disappeared from your Windows desktop, you can restore it at any time using the Windows desktop management utility.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start."

  2. 2

    Click "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Click "Personalization."

  4. 4

    Click "Change Desktop Icons."

  5. 5

    Check the box next to "Recycle Bin" and then click "OK" to return the waste bin icon to your Windows desktop where it belongs.

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