How to hide the Recycle Bin from the desktop in Windows 10 & 11

This tutorial will show you how to hide the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop in Windows 10 and 11.

How to hide the Recycle Bin from the desktop in Windows 10

1. First, you'll need to pin the Recycle Bin to File Explorer. This way, you'll still be able to access the Recycle Bin easily and quickly via File Explorer. To pin the Recycle Bin to File Explorer, you simply drag the Recycle Bin icon to the File Explorer icon.

Pin Recycle Bin to File Explorer in Windows 10

Now it's time to remove the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop.

2. Click on the Windows start menu button.

Windows 10 start menu button

3. Click on Settings.

Open Windows 10 Settings

You can also right-click on the Windows start menu button and then click on Settings.

You can also press the Windows Windows key + I keys on your keyboard to open settings in Windows 10.

4. Click on Personalization.

Open Personalization settings in Windows 10

You can also open the Personalization settings by right-clicking on the desktop and then click on Personalize.

Open Personalization settings in Windows 10 via desktop

5. In the left menu, you click on Themes.

Open Themes settings in Windows 10

6. On the right side, under Related Settings, you click on Desktop icon settings.

Open Desktop Icon Settings in Windows 10

A “Desktop Icon Settings” window will appear.

7. Uncheck the checkbox next to Recycle Bin.

Remove the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop in Windows 10

8. Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the “Desktop Icon Settings” window.

The “Recycle Bin” icon is now hidden from the desktop.

9. Click on the OK button.

10. You can now close the Settings window.

To unhide and show the Recycle Bin icon, you follow the same steps but then check the checkbox next to Recycle Bin.

Alternatively, you can hide all desktop icons by right-clicking on the desktop, moving the mouse cursor on View, and then clicking on Show desktop icons.

Hide all desktop icons from the desktop in Windows 10

How to hide the Recycle Bin from the desktop in Windows 11

1. First, you'll need to pin the Recycle Bin to the start menu. This way, you'll still be able to access the Recycle Bin easily and quickly via the start menu. To pin the Recycle Bin to the start menu, you right-click on the Recycle Bin icon and then click on Pin to Start.

Pin Recycle Bin to Start menu in Windows 11

Now it's time to remove the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop.

2. Right-click on the Start menu button and then click on Settings. You can also press the Windows Windows key + I keys on your keyboard to open settings.

Open Windows 11 settings

3. Click on Personalization. Note: You may need to click on the ≡ menu button in the top left corner to open a menu and see the Personalization option.

Windows 11 settings menu button

4. Click on Themes.

Open Personalization and Themes settings in Windows 11

You can also open the Personalization settings by right-clicking on the desktop and then click on Personalize.

Open Personalization settings in Windows 11 via desktop

5. Click on Desktop icon settings located at the bottom of the “Personalization” page.

Open Desktop Icon Settings in Windows 11

A “Desktop Icon Settings” window will appear.

6. Uncheck the checkbox next to Recycle Bin.

Hide the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop in Windows 11

7. Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the “Desktop Icon Settings” window.

The “Recycle Bin” icon is now hidden from the desktop.

8. Click on the OK button.

9. You can now close the Settings window.

To unhide and show the Recycle Bin icon, you follow the same steps but then check the checkbox next to Recycle Bin.

Alternatively, you can hide all desktop icons by right-clicking on the desktop, moving the mouse cursor on View, and then clicking on Show desktop icons.

Hide all desktop icons from the desktop in Windows 11