How to Find The Recycle Bin in XP


When you delete files in Microsoft Windows XP, you might assume they are immediately gone. This is not always the case though, as the recycle bin often retains deleted files in case you later wish to restore them. There is only so much room in the recycle bin for holding deleted files, and eventually it will clear out files. Normally this program can be easily located on your desktop, but there are a couple things that might cause it to disappear.

  • Usually the recycle bin will be located on the main screen of Windows XP, most often at the top left. The icon for it is a trash can with three blue arrows on front. Double-click on this icon with your mouse to access the recycle bin.

  • If the bin is not on your desktop screen, go to \"Start,\" then select \"Control Panel.\" Navigate to \"Appearance and Personalization,\" click \"Personalization,\" and finally \"Change desktop icons.\"

  • Make sure the recycle bin has a check in the box next to it by clicking the box with your mouse. Select \"OK.\" The recycle bin icon should be on your desktop now.

  • If it still has not shown up on the desktop, you might need to edit the registry. Click \"Start,\" then \"Run,\" and type \"regedit\" in the search box. Press \"enter\" and the registry program will open up.

  • Navigate to the following location on the left-hand panel: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace. Right click on the above location and select \"New,\" and then select \"Key.\"

  • Type \"{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\" and press enter to create.

  • Select the above created number and then double-click the \"Default\" entry in the right-hand panel. Select the \"Edit string dialog\" box and type \"Recycle Bin\" in the value data box. Press enter and close the register editor program. The recycle bin should be back on the desktop.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have administrator rights and the administrator has blocked access to the recycle bin, you will need to ask your administrator for the necessary privileges.

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