Tech Tip of the Week: Place a Fully Functional Recycle Bin on your Windows 7 Taskbar

By Jos ยท 38 replies
Sep 15, 2009
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  1. Although this fix IS fully functional, making the recycle bin icon large to match the other icons add makes your taskbar taller and it looks bad. It also won't let you position the recycle bin icon anywhere in between your other icons.
  2. Beemerke

    Beemerke TS Rookie

    I have a problem with this.
    I added a new toolbar. All my icons are in this toolbar now but when I start my computer the toolbar/icons are gone.
    I have to make a new toolbar with the same folder url to get it back, all the icons I've put in it before are still there.
    I'm probably missing some setting to keep the toolbar from loading at windows startup but I can't think what I'm missing.
  3. Awesome writeup! I love the look of a clean desktop and now I dont have any icons on the desktop!

  4. Hey Matthew! Thanks for the tutorial,it helped me a lot with cleaning my desktop :p
    But I have a question. Would you please tell me the name or a download link for the wallpaper you used in the tutorial? I really like it,and yeah.Me wants wallpaper xD
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

  6. Thanks for the wall,also,one more question.
    The them you use,is it a default color in Win 7 or is it custom?
    I know I'm being a bit requestive ( to say so :p) but,I'm looking for ideas for my desktop,so yeah.
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Screenshotted my settings. Nothing special, I just set it as dark as it could go.

  8. May I see it?
  9. Sorry...I just saw the screenshot,it wasn't displayed on the comment box. :(
    Anyway,thanks a bunch. :)
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Sorry about that, I should have mentioned that it wouldn't be viewable on the front page comments. Anyhow, you're welcome.
  11. The odd thing is that just yesterday I was at a forum where people were posting their desktops and I told people how to do it, linking to your instructions. When I first did this I am pretty sure it was not your instructions that I followed, but thanks anyway for spreading the word. It SHOULD be as easy as just dragging and dropping it onto the task bar, but that would be too convenient.

    Also odd is somehow I lost my recycle bin in the task bar today and I did use your instructions to put it back. I am guessing I deleted it when I was not paying attention and was trying to empty it.
  12. I did everything as it says but the problem I get is that when I right-click on the Recycle Bin icon in the taskbar I don't get the same context menu you that you get.
    I get it as if it was a any other shortcut, it does include the Empty Recycle Bin and open but it's not as minimal as yours with just a few items in it.

    A problem I get from this is my bad habit of selecting Delete instead and no the icon is gone and I have to put the Recycle Bin back on the desktop and re-create the short cut again. Which is why I ended up going into the Properties->Security tab and removing my ability to do anything but Write, so now when I try to delete it I get an error that stops me.
    I would much rather prefer to have the same limited selection that yours has. Is there a step I'm missing or something you left out that could help with this?
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    I addressed this in a previous comment: "I could be wrong on this because it's been a few weeks since I prepared those images, but I think I edited most of the right-click menus to make the pictures smaller (they were too tall, looked terrible in the article). Sorry if that has mislead you."

    Again, sorry if it has confused anyone.
  14. When I try this shortcut, I get an error message saying that the folder doesn't exist. I searched my computer, and in the help menu, it told me that my version of windows doesn't have QuickLaunch.
    By the way, I have Windows 7 Home Premium.

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