How to Hide the Recycle Bin in Windows 11

You can’t remove the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop like you usually delete the shortcut.

However, you can hide the Recycle Bin in Windows 11, and here are the steps:

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R, type “desk.cpl ,,5” (without double quotes), and press the Enter key.

You can now see the Desktop Icon Settings popup.

Unselect Recycle Bin and hit the OK button.

That’s all. You can see that the Recycle Bin is no longer on the desktop.

Notes:

  • If you want to show the Recycle Bin icon back on the desktop, all you need to do is follow the above steps but instead of unselecting it, select it.
  • To hide all desktop icons, including the Recycle Bin, right-click on the desktop’s blank space and select View > Show desktop icons.
  • Here’s the alternative method to open the Desktop Icon Settings popup: Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type ms-settings:themes and press Enter key.

I hope this guide, “How to Hide the Recycle Bin in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

See: How to Change Recycle Bin Icon in Windows 11