If the Recycle Bin icon is missing on your desktop, try the solutions below one by one to restore it.
I’m using a Windows 11 PC here.
Restore Recycle Bin Icon Missing using Option
If there are no icons on your desktop, including the Recycle Bin, try these steps:
Right-click on the blank area on the desktop and hover your mouse over the “View.”
Enable the “Show desktop icons” option by hitting it. If there is a checkmark next to Show desktop icons, it is enabled.
If you still can’t see the icon, try these steps:
Open File Explorer Options. To do this, open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type control folders and press the Enter key.
Hit the OK button.
Restore Windows 11 Recycle Bin Icon Missing using Settings
Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type ms-settings:themes and press Enter key.
Now, hit the “Desktop icon settings” on the right.
If not already selected, select the Recycle Bin.
Click the OK button.
Restore Windows 11 Recycle Bin Icon Missing using Shortcut Option
By pressing Windows + R, open the Run Command Box. Type control folders and press the Enter key.
Navigate to the View tab.
Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Unselect “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).” Hit the OK button.
Open the $Recycle.Bin folder on the C drive. Right-click the Recycle Bin and hit “Show more options.”
Hover your mouse over “Send to” and hit “Desktop (create shortcut).”
That’s all. You can now find the Recycle Bin shortcut on the desktop.
I hope this guide, “How to Restore Recycle Bin Icon Missing in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.
Thanks for reading.