Q. When I installed Windows 10 to replace the older system, I lost the desktop Recycle Bin. I have gone through steps to show the bin icon, but I was not successful. Do you have any additional advice?
A. The hidden Recycle Bin issue also plagues users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well as those who have upgraded to Windows 10. Microsoft’s support site has a guide to show or hide the Recycle Bin, but if you have already tried the Windows 10 advice (open the Settings app, go to Personalization, then Themes to Desktop Icon Settings and click the box next to Recycle Bin) there is another setting to check.
Windows 10 is designed to work on both desktop and mobile devices, so it is possible that your computer is in Tablet Mode, which does not show desktop icons. Go to the Start menu to Settings and select System. Choose Tablet Mode on the left side of the box and make sure the buttons next to “Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode” and “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode” are set to the Off position.
If those steps fail to restore the Recycle Bin icon, it may have been deleted. To recreate it, open Windows File Explorer, select the View tab and choose Options on the right. In the Folder Options box, click the View tab, select the button next to “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and turn off the box next to “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” before clicking the Apply and O.K. buttons. Return to File Explorer and on the right side choose This PC and open OS (C:) or C: Drive. Right-click $Recycle.Bin, and when the Send To menu pops up, choose “Desktop (create shortcut).”
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