How do I delete/rename the Recycle Bin?

A. When you right click on the Recycle Bin it's context menu does not display a rename or delete option as on other desktop shortcuts/components. To add the rename option perform the following:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedt32.exe, don't user regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E\}\ShellFolder
  3. Double click on the Attributes value in the right hand pane
  4. Change from 40010020 to 50010020
  5. Click OK

If you right click on Recycle Bin you now have a rename option.

If you want to be able to delete the icon change the Attributes value to 60010020 by following the procedure above. To have the rename and delete option change the Attributes value to 70010020. You can now delete by right clicking on the icon and select Delete. Click Yes to the confirmation.

You may want to avoid manually updating the registry and you can delete the icon by using the TweakUI utility. If you have TweakUI installed perform the following:

  1. Start the TweakUI control panel applet (Start - settings - control panel - TweakUI)
  2. Click the Desktop tab
  3. Unselect the "Recycle Bin" box and click OK

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