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Bringing a Recycle Bin back to the Vista desktop

Windows Vista's Recycle BinQ: I accidentally deleted my Recycle Bin icon in Windows Vista. How do I get it back? I don’t want to do a System Restore, and it’s a brand new computer.

A: Like Windows XP, Windows Vista lets you customize your Desktop, including the icons living on its turf. If your Recycle Bin is missing, then follow these steps to put it back in place.

  1. Right-click on your Desktop and choose Personalize.
  2. Click “Change Desktop Icons” located near the window’s upper left corner.
  3. When the Desktop Icons Settings window appears, click the Recycle Bin box, and click OK to close the window.

Your Recycle Bin should reappear.

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