How to Show the Recycle Bin in Windows 11 File Explorer

Windows 11 File Explorer navigation pane (the one you see on the left of File Explorer) doesn’t include the Recycle Bin and Control Panel by default.

You can add them to the navigation pane if you wish. Let’s see how.

Show Recycle Bin in File Explorer using Option

Here are the steps:

  1. Press Windows + E, and you will see File Explorer.
  2. Right-click on the space in the navigation pane.
  3. Hit the Show all folders option.

That’s it. You can view the Control Panel and Recycle Bin in the navigation pane.

To remove them, follow the steps above.

Show Recycle Bin in File Explorer Using the Folder Options

  1. Press Windows + R, and you can see the Run Command Box. Type control folders in it and press the Enter key.
  2. Navigate to the View tab in the “File Explorer Options” popup.
  3. Find “Show all folders” and select it.
  4. Hit the OK button.

That’s all. To reverse, follow the above steps but unselect instead of select.

View the Recycle Bin in Windows 11 File Explorer using Registry Editor

  1. Open the Registry Editor. Before proceeding, I recommend taking a backup of the Registry.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.
  3. Locate NavPaneShowAllFolders in the right pane and double-click it.
  4. Provide 0 (to hide) or 1 (to show) in the Value data field.
  5. Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Alternatively, you can follow these steps:

Note: These steps only add the Recycle Bin to the navigation pane.

Here are the steps:

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R. Type regedit and press Enter key. Hit Yes in the popup. I suggest you take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Classes > CLSID.

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

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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

Double-click on it and provide 1 in the Value data field. Hit the OK button.

That’s it. You can see the Recycle Bin in the File Explorer navigation pane. To reverse, delete the DWORD or key you created or change the DWORD value to 0.

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

Thanks for reading.