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Remove the Recycle Bin from the Desktop

By: Arie Slob

To remove the Recycle Bin from your Desktop:

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Current Version \ Explorer \ Desktop \ Namespace
  3. Expand the Namespace by double-clicking on it
  4. Delete the Key {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} (the one with the value Recycle Bin)
  5. Close the registry editor and press F5 to update the Desktop

To restore the Recycle Bin, you have to add the {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} key, so the best thing to do (before you remove the key) is to backup the Key, this can be done by selecting the key {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}, and from the menu choosing Registry > Export Registry file, give it a name, choose a location where to save it, and check to make sure that in the Export range box Selected branch is selected.

Note: The Recycle Bin will only be removed from your Desktop. You can still access the Recycle Bin from Explorer.

Note: The Recycle Bin can also be removed from the Desktop with TweakUI (you can find it on your CD-ROM in the \tools\reskit\powertoy folder).

You can also use my Tweaking Toolbox for Windows, one of it's functions is to let you remove the recycle bin from the Desktop.

For more information & free trial, check the Tweaking Toolbox for Windows pages.

Tweaking Toolbox for Windows - Desktop tab