Has your Recycle Bin icon ever disappeared from your desktop? Perhaps the icon was in place one night before you went to bed, but in the morning when you started up your computer again, it was long gone. Where did it go? What happened to it? But more importantly, how can you get it back? Well, there are a few things you can try to get your Recycle Bin icon back where it’s supposed to be. So, if you’ve run out of options, give these a try!
In XP, the first thing you can do is right click on your desktop and choose Properties. Once there, hit the Desktop tab and then click on the Customize Desktop button.
In the middle of the Desktop Items dialog box, you will see some of the more common desktop icons. Click on the one for the Recycle Bin (it looks like a trash can) and then hit the Restore Default button. Click OK and then go take a look at your desktop.
The Recycle Bin icon should be back, but if it’s not, don’t lose hope, because there are a couple other things you can still try!
For the next option, go down to your taskbar and right click in any open space. From the menu that pops up, click on Toolbars, Desktop.
The word Desktop will then appear at the end of your taskbar with a double arrow beside it. Right click on those arrows and you will see an option for the Recycle Bin. Next, drag and drop  that Recycle Bin icon to your desktop.
That should reinstate your icon for you, but if you’re still having trouble, try this. Right click on your taskbar again and go to Toolbars, New Toolbar. There should be an option there for the Recycle Bin as well.
You can then drag and drop that icon to your desktop. Doing any of these three things should bring your Recycle Bin icon back and you can get on with your daily computing!
In Vista or Windows 7, right click on the desktop and select Personalize from the menu.
In the upper left section of the Personalization dialog box, click on Change desktop icons.
In the Desktop Icons dialog box, check the Recycle Bin.
Click Apply and OK and you should be back in business.