Guide: How to Remove Recycle Bin from Desktop?

Learn how to remove Recycle Bin from desktop, how to empty Recycle Bin and how to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after empty via corresponding ways. You can also get the best data loss prevention software in this guide.


By Penny / Updated on April 3, 2024

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Is it safe to delete Recycle Bin?


Can I delete the $Recycle Bin folder from my D drive as it is occupying 9GB of storage space? But when I open it, there’s nothing inside it. And there’s another folder with the same name in my C drive, which also occupies the space. So is it safe to delete Recycle Bin?

- A user from Microsoft

Before permanent deletion, the Recycle Bin can keep the deleted files and folders for a long time. After permanent deletion, the permanently deleted files are still on your hard disk until they’ll be overwritten by new data.

Not to mention the recently deleted files in the Recycle Bin. They’ll keep consuming the limited storage.


To free up storage, many users will empty their Recycle Bin. But is it safe to delete Recycle Bin? To avoid regrets, open this temporary storage place to see if is there any files you want to restore.

But if the Recycle Bin shows empty but it not, what can you do to fix it? Please continue reading to get the corresponding methods.

Part 1. How to remove Recycle Bin from desktop Windows 10?

Let’s begin with how to remove Recycle Bin from desktop via the following steps.

Step 1. Open Windows Settings by pressing the “Win + I” buttons, and click the “Personalization” button.


Step 2. Click the “Themes” button.


Step 3. Select “Desktop icon settings” and locate the Recycle Bin icon.


Step 4. Don’t tick the “Recycle Bin” icon > Apply > OK.


Part 2. How to empty Recycle Bin from the desktop?

For the above user, you can reset Recycle Bin with the elevated command prompt. And you can empty your selected partition in the Recycle Bin using this solution.

Step 1. Open an elevated command prompt by entering “cmd” in the search bar on your PC. Then click the “Run as administrator” button.


Step 2. Type “rd /s /q C:\Recycle Bin” in the command prompt window and hit “Enter” to start the process. If you need, please replace the C drive with your desired drive letter.


Part 3. How to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after empty?

Since you’ve learned how to remove Recycle Bin from desktop and how to empty your Recycle Bin, this part intends to guide you to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after emptying.

You probably didn’t develop a good habit of making regular backups if you empty your Recycle Bin without checking it.

So how to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after empty? At the moment, utilizing reliable data recovery software like MyRecover is your second-to-none choice.   

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Get the original format for the lost data.   
During scanning, you can search your desired files by typing their filenames in the search bar or wait to find all the deleted and other lost files on your computers after Quick Scan and Deep Scan.
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Step 1. Install and run MyRecover on your Windows PC. Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 2. You can search your desired files or wait to view your deleted and other missing files after Quick Scan and Deep Scan.


Step 3. Go to the Recycle Bin to locate the files you want. Then click “Recover x files” to recover your chosen files. Please save these recovered files in a new location.


Bonus tips: How to prevent data loss on computers?

As you can see, only safety precautions like regular backups can prevent you from data loss. So is there any data loss prevention software for Windows computers?

It turns out there is. Perhaps you can give this free backup software, AOMEI Backupper a shot.   

Key features:✎...
Besides File Backup, it also can support Disk/Partition/System Backup.   
Support scheduled and incremental backups.
Restore the Windows system to an earlier state without reinstalling.   
Disk Clone can migrate all the data from one drive to another drive without reinstalling.
Partition Clone can copy your selected partition/volumes to another partition/hard drive.  

Don’t hesitate to download and install AOMEI Backupper on your Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP, or Windows Vista computer!

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Step 1. After running the tool, under the Backup tab, select the “File Backup” option.


Step 2. Click Add Folder/Add File > This PC > Devices and drivers to add files. Then click the “Start Backup” button.


Step 3. After the backup process, click “Finish” to close the window.


Wrapping up

How to remove Recycle Bin from desktop Windows 10/11? You can refer to the first part.

If your Recycle Bin shows empty but it not, you can customize the storage size of your Recycle Bin to show large deleted files. To reappear hidden files, use the Show hidden files, folders, and drivers feature.

If you desire to empty the Recycle Bin from the desktop, you can use the elevated command prompt recommended in the second part.

For permanently deleted files, you can restore your files from backups made by AOMEI Backupper or use data recovery tools to recover them.

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.