2 Ways to Fix Recycle Bin Icon Not Showing On Desktop In Windows (Easily)

There are times when the Recycle Bin icon disappears because of some errors in the system settings which can be solved easily within a few minutes. So, this article is all about solutions to Fix Recycle Bin Icon Not Showing On Desktop In Windows 10.

Ways to Fix Recycle Bin Icon Not Showing

First of all, make sure that the “Show desktop icon” is enabled. Just right-click on the desktop then go to “view” options and check whether it is selected or not, if not then click on it. And if it is enabled and still the “Recycle Bin” icon is not showing then read ahead! 

1. Enable Recycle Bin from Desktop Icon Setting 

In this method, you will have to go on the windows settings and look for the recycle bin to enable it. Follow the below-mentioned steps.


  1. Open start menu
  2. Click on the Settings
  3. Look for the “Personalization” icon and click on it
  4. Then click on “Desktop icon settings
  5. Then confirm whether the “Recycle Bin” check box is checked or not
  6. If not then click on it and apply the settings

If it is checked and still the icon is invisible then go on to the next method to solve the issue.

Also Read : Ways to Fix This PC Icon Missing From Windows 10 Easily

2. Disabling Tablet Mode 

There are times when you would have used the system in tablet mode and eventually the tablet mode comes with a different view for the icons and menus. So, all you have to do is disable the “Tablet Mode”. To disable tablet mode, follow the below-mentioned steps


  1. Click on the windows search bar
  2. Search for “tablet mode
  3. Click on “tablet mode settings
  4. Now, just disable the tablet mode and you are done.

This should solve the issue!


Why is my recycle bin not working?

Well, it is quite not possible that the “recycle bin won’t work”, but yes if it is invisible you probably can’t operate it.

Why did my Recycle Bin icon disappear?

Most probably it could have been disabled by the user or there might be some issues with system settings that can be solved easily.

How do I get the Recycle Bin back on my desktop?

Look for icon settings in personalization or just go through disabling tablet mode. This might bring back the recycle bin if it has disappeared.


So, these were the 2 best solutions to issues regarding Recycle Bin Icon Not Showing On Desktop In Windows 10. Hence, if you found this post useful then share it with your friends and family who might be facing these kinds of issues. 

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Shreyash Pradhan
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