This post shows students and new users the steps to restore the Recycle Bin icon missing from the desktop in Windows 11. The Recycle Bin is part of the special icons that used to be automatically added to each user’s desktop in earlier versions of Windows.

In Windows 11, only the Recycle Bin icon is not automatically on the desktop by default. If you are missing the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop in Windows 11, the steps below will show you how to restore it.

There may be other reasons why the Recycle Bin icon is missing from your desktop. If you set your desktop to hide all icons, all icons, including the Recycle Bin, will be hidden. Before following the steps below, make sure your desktop displays icons.

First see our previous post on: How to Show or Hide Desktop Shortcut Icons.

How to restore the missing recycle bin icon in Windows 11

If you are missing the Recycle Bin on your desktop in Windows 11, the steps below will show you how to restore it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its setup applications. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from the System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Personalization, Select Topics mosaic on the right shown in the image below.

windows 11 themes update

About him Topics configuration panel, below Related settings, click on Desktop Icon Settings.

Windows 11 displays desktop icons

There, you will see the Computer, User files, Network, Recycle Bin and Control Panel Desktop icons that can be added to your desktop.

Check the Recycle Bin box to restore the missing icon in the Desk.

show the recycle bin icon on the desktop

the Recycle Bin The icons selected above should be displayed on the desktop.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to restore the missing Recycle Bin icon on your desktop. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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