Windows 8 Lost Recycle Bin

How to Find Windows 8’s Lost or Deleted Recycle BinFinding a lost Windows 8 Recycle Bin

Don’t waste time worrying about HOW your bin icon disappeared; instead focus on recovering the recycle bin, complete with rubbish! 

Once we have found the deleted recycle bin, to prevent any more accidents, let us, see how we can resize the desktop icons by scrolling the mouse.

Quick Instructions to Find the Lost Recycle BinWindows 8 Lost Recycle Bin

1) Right-click the Windows 8 Desktop
2) Click on Personalize
3) Select: ‘Change desktop icons’
4) At the Desktop Icon Settings, place a tick next to: ‘Recycle Bin’.

Detailed Instructions How to Restore a Windows 8 Recycle Bin

1) Press WinKey from the Metro UI, this switches to the Windows 8 Desktop.

2) Right-click anywhere on the desktop, select Personalize.

Windows 8 Personalize Recycle Bin

3) The crucial task in recovering your bin is ‘Change desktop icons’ (See screenshot below)

Windows 8 Change Icons

4)At the Desktop Icon Settings dialog box, place a tick next to: ‘Recycle Bin’.  Your deleted recycle bin should now reappear on the desktop.

Windows 8 Lost Recycle Bin

As you examine the Desktop Icon Settings, you could consider placing a tick next to Computer or even User’s Files.

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Tip: Resize Your Recycle BinWindows 8 Resize Desktop IconsFinding a deleted Recycle bin

Here is a trick to enlarge desktop icons with mouse.  Hold-down the normal left mouse button, depressed the ‘Ctrl’ key, now scroll the mouse wheel.  See how the desktop icons such as the Recycle bin shrink or grow.  You can see the effect in the two screen shots to the right

More Tips for Your Windows 8 Recycle Bin

As with previous versions of Windows, you can bypass the recycle bin by holding down the Ctrl key while delete a file.  Whilst this is fast and useful for machines short on disk space, it removes the safety net associated with the Recycle Bin.

If you right-click the Recycle Bin then you can tune it’s size and decide whether or not you want to see a warning message when you delete stuff.

I expect that you will soon notice the different appearance of the empty and full recycle bins

Changing the Recycle Bin Icon
If you would like to customize the Recycle Bin icon you need to go back to ‘Personalize’.

  1. Right-click the Windows 8 Desktop
  2. Click on Personalize
  3. Select: ‘Change desktop icons’Windows 8 Recycle Bin Properties
  4. To alter the Recycle Bin’s appearance, click Change Icon. Select an icon from the list, and then click OK.

If you are getting short on free diskspace, then call for the Disk Cleanup agent.  Right-click any drive in Windows Explorer and look for the Disk Cleanup button.

Controlling the ‘Delete Confirmation’ Dialog Box

People rarely seem happy with the delete settings.  If the dialog box appears, people get annoyed and wish to turn it off.  Yet other people get anxious if there is no indication that they just deleted a file.  Whichever camp you are in this is how you control the delete dialog box.

Right-click the Recycle Bin and look at the bottom of the menu.  Check (or uncheck) ‘Display delete confirmation dialog, as shown in the screenshot.

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Group Policy and The Disappearing Recycle BinWindows 8 Recycle Bin Group Policy

It could be that your lack of a recycle bin is by design.  An administrator could have removed the Windows 8 recycle bin by setting a group policy. 

If you are in a domain, check with GPMC, or in a HomeGroup / standalone investigate with GPEdit.

Launch the Group Policy editor, then expand the User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Desktop; seek the ‘Remove Recycle Bin from desktop’ policy. 

Time to review the logic of this policy; the Enable this ‘Remove Recycle Bin’ setting, means no bin.  Therefore set the radio button to Disable.  See screenshot to the right.

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Strange Extra Windows 8 Recycle Bin S-1-5-20Windows 8 Bin S-5-20

Folders such as S-1-5-20 get created when an account moves items into the Recycle Bin.  Each user, who deletes stuff, gets a folder with their Security Identifier (SID).  If you try and delete this folder you have to remove the -system and -hidden attributes.  However, when that user logs on their recycle bin will be recreated.

Note: to see these hidden S-1-x-y folders you need go to the folder or better stil, the drive, Click on 'Organize' now select 'Properties' and then 'Show hidden files, folders and drives'.

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Summary of How to Recover a Windows 8’s Recycle Bin

If you lose your Windows 8 Recycle Bin, have faith that it’s just hidden and not lost or permanently deleted.  Next seek the ‘Personalize settings, the trickiest part is finding the ‘Change desktop icons’ menu.

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