How to Fix Grayed Out Recycle Bin in Windows 10

You will learn how to fix the grayed out Recycle Bin in this post.

I’m using a Windows 10 computer here. Let’s get started.

Fix Recycle Bin Grayed Out in Desktop Icon Settings

Try each solution one at a time.

Solution 1

Open the Run Command Box by pressing Windows + R. Type gpedit.msc and then hit Enter.

In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop.

In the right pane, double-click the “Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop.”

Select Disabled or Not Configured and then hit the OK button.

Sign out and then sign back in.

That’s it.

Now open the Run Command Box by pressing Windows + R. Type ms-settings:themes and then press the Enter key.

Hit the Desktop icon settings link.

In the pop-up, you can now see that the Recycle Bin is not grayed out.

Solution 2

Press Windows + R to open the Run command. Type regedit and then press Enter. Click Yes in the pop-up window.

You can see the Registry Editor. I suggest you take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Navigate to the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > NonEnum.

Now, you can see the DWORD {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}.

If you do not see it, you will need to create it. To create it, right-click the blank space in the right pane. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} and then hit the Enter key.

Double-click on it and enter 0 in the Value data field. Click the OK button.

Restart your PC.

Press Windows + R to open the Run Command Box. Type ms-settings:themes and press Enter.

Hit the Desktop icon settings link.

In the pop-up, you can now see that the Recycle Bin is not grayed out.

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