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Rename your Recycle Bin

When you delete something on your computer, it goes straight to the “Recycle Bin”. Have you ever wondered if you could change the name to something else? Today I am going to show you how to give the Recycle Bin a name that you like better.

WARNING: You will need to work in the Windows Registry to change the name of the Recycle Bin. It is very important to back up the Windows Registry before you make any changes to it. One wrong change can cause serious problems with your computer and can even render it useless.

To back up the Windows Registry in Windows XP open the Registry editor by clicking Start>Run and type regedit in the text field. When the Registry opens click on File at the top and Export. Name it what you want and click OK.

To back up the Registry in Windows Vista or Windows 7 open the Start menu and type regedit in the search line and press Enter. Click on File on the menu bar, and then click on Export. Select where you want to save the exported .reg file to, select (dot) the All option under Export Range, type in a name for the .reg file, and click on the Save.

Now that we have the Windows Registry backed up let’s rename the Recycle Bin.

To change the recycle bin in Windows XP:

Click on Start>Run, enter regedit in the text box and press Enter. Click on the plus (+) sign next to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder.

Scroll down until you see CLSID folder and expand that.

Scroll down until you see {645FF040-5081-101B-9408-00AA002F9543}.

Expand it and click on the ShellFolder. Double click on Attributes on the right side. Change the data value from 40 01 00 20 to 50 01 00 20. Then double click CallForAttributes and change the value data to 0. Click File and Exit.


Right click on Recycle Bin on your Desktop and Select Rename and change the name to what you would like.

To rename recycle bin in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Click Start, type Regedit.exe and press Enter.

Navigate to the following branch:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ CLSID \ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Double-click on default and replace the Recycle Bin with your preferred name.


Exit the Registry Editor by clicking on File and Exit.
Hit F5 to Refresh.

You have just renamed your recycle bin!

~Rita Wood