How to Show Recycle Bin in File Explorer Navigation Pane

Windows 10’s File Explorer navigation pane (the one you see on the left of File Explorer) does not include the Recycle Bin or Control Panel by default.

Here’s how you can add them to the navigation pane:

Press Windows + E and you can see File Explorer.

Right-click on the empty space in the navigation pane.

Hit the Show all folders option.

Now you can see the Control Panel and Recycle Bin in the navigation pane.

In order to reverse, follow the steps above.

Alternate Methods

Method #1

When you press Windows + R, the Run Command Box appears.

Type control folders in it and then press Enter.

Navigate to the View tab in the File Explorer Options pop-up.

Find “Show all folders” and select it.

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

To reverse, follow the above steps but unselect instead of select.

Method #2

Open the Registry Editor.

Before proceeding, I recommend taking a backup of the Registry.

Go to the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Locate NavPaneShowAllFolders in the right pane and double-click it.

In the Value data field, provide 0 (to hide) or 1 (to show).

Hit the OK button.

Restart the File Explorer.

That’s all.

Method #3

Open File Explorer.

Navigate to the View tab in the ribbon.

Hit Navigation pane. Hit Show all folders.

That’s it.

In order to reverse, follow the steps above.

Method #4

Please note that this method only adds the Recycle Bin to the navigation pane. Let’s go through the steps.

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type regedit and then press Enter. Hit Yes in the pop-up.

I suggest you take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Navigate to the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Classes > CLSID.

Hit {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}. If you do not see it, then you need to create it. Here’s how: Right-click on CLSID and then select New > Key. Provide {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} as name and then hit the Enter key.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Provide System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree as name and then hit the Enter key.

Double-click on it now and then provide 1 in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

You can now see the Recycle Bin in the File Explorer navigation pane.

In order to reverse, you must delete the DWORD or key you created or change the value of the former to 0.


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