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To pin the recycle bin to the Windows 10 taskbar needs a workaround. Like in earlier versions, you cannot just drag the recycle bin to the taskbar. But we show you a trick that still works.

When you read this you might have tried another tip for Windows 10 that doesn´t work anymore in the final version. In the Technical preview you could just pin the recycle bin to the start menu and from there in a second step to the taskbar.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has removed that option, so it seems they actually don´t want us to use the recycle bin from the taskbar. However, there is another trick that get´s your shredder to the taskbar, even in Windows 8, or Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

Here you have the steps in a short video and also below for your convenience.

Creating a Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 10

I you want to pin the Windows recycle bin to the taskbar you need a dedicated Quick Launch Toolbar. This is a zone in your Windows 10 taskbar where you can place any program to launch it with just a click from there. The feature is quite obsolete in Windows 10 as you can pin any program directly, but it is still available and does a great job to pin the recycle bin there as well.

Right click on an empty spot on the taskbar. Go to Toolbars and choose New toolbar.

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You will get asked to choose a folder. Here you just paste the following path.

%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

 

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This will add a Quick Launch  button on the Windows 10 taskbar. Right click on it and deactivate Lock the taskbar.

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Now you have a little slider which you move to the left.

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There will be some program symbols which you can delete.

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Now drag the Recycle Bin to an empty spot on the quick launch toolbar.

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Then you right click on Quick Launch and uncheck Show title and Show Text.

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Then you right click again, go to View and select Large Icons to get a fully sized recycle bin taskbar symbol.

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Now you can remove the recycle bin on the desktop as you don´t need it anymore. Right click the desktop and choose Personalize.

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This opens the Settings where you search for Show or hide common icons on the desktop.

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There, Uncheck the Recycle Bin and click on Apply which will delete the recycle bin from the desktop.

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