How to Pin Recycle Bin to Windows 11 Taskbar?

Right-clicking an app or program, Windows 11 allows you to pin or unpin it to the taskbar. That means you can add your favorite program to Windows 11 Taskbar for easy access. In other words, we can say that you can launch your favorite application or program from the taskbar itself while working on any other document or watching videos. There is no need to minimize your running applications or programs to open your favorite program if you have already pinned them to the taskbar. But sadly, there is no such option when you perform a right-click on the Recycle Bin. When you perform a right-click on Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, you will find no option to pin or unpin to the taskbar. What to do now? Is there any way to pin or unpin the Recycle bin icon to Windows 11 taskbar.

Luckily there is a way through which you can pin or unpin Recycle bin item to the taskbar on Windows 11. There is no need to install a third-party tool to achieve this task.

How do I Pin Recycle Bin to Windows 11 Taskbar?

To pin the Recycle bin to the Windows 11 taskbar, do the following:-

Step 1. Right-click on the free space on Windows 11 desktop and select New Item and then Shortcut option.

Step 2. In the Create Shortcut wizard that opens after performing the above steps, copy and paste the following path in the location of the item field:-

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder

Step 3. Now, click on the Next button to proceed further.

Step 4. Name the shortcut as Recycle Bin, and then click the Finish button to see the shortcut icon of Recycle Bin on your PC’s desktop.

Step 5. The shortcut icon of Recycle Bin appears like the File Explorer icon. To change the icon, right-click on the Shortcut icon you have created and select the Properties option.

Step 6. On the Recycle Bin Properties dialog box, click on the Change Icon button.

Step 7. Select your desired icon for the Recycle Bin from here, and then click the OK button. Alternatively, if you have stored an icon (.ico) file on your PC, you can select them.

Step 8. Now, Recycle Bin icon will be changed.

Step 9. Here magic works. Windows 11 allows you to Pin the shortcuts item to the taskbar. So, right-click on the Recycle Bin shortcut icon on the desktop and then click on the “Show more options.”

 

Step 10. Now, select the “Pin to taskbar” option from the context menu.

Finally, you should see the Recycle bin on Windows 11 Taskbar. By clicking on Recycle Bin icon on the Taskbar, you can open it.

How do I Unpin Recycle Bin from Windows 11 Taskbar?

Luckily unpinning Recycle Bin from the Windows 11 taskbar is pretty simple. You need to do the following:-

Just, Right-click on Recycle Bin icon on the Windows 11 Taskbar and select “Unpin from taskbar option.”

How do I Pin Recycle Bin to Windows 11 Start menu?

If you would like to pin Recycle Bin to the Start menu of Windows 11, it is quite simple. Just right-click on Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select the option “Pin to start.”

Now, Recycle Bin icon will appear in the Start menu.

How do I Unpin Recycle Bin from Windows 11 Start menu?

If you want to unpin the Recycle Bin from the Start menu, right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select the “Unpin from Start” option.

How to Empty Recycle Bin on Windows 11?

If you want to free up space on Windows 11, then you should empty the Recycle Bin. When you delete a file, folder, or program from your PC, it gets stored on Recycle Bin and occupies the space of your computer’s hard disk. Simply right-click on Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select the “Empty Recycle Bin” option from the context menu.

All the items available on the Recycle Bin will be deleted, and you can not recover them.

Also Read: How to Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows 11/ 10 / 8 / 7?

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