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The Recycle Bin is an important component of Windows 10, recycle bin location windows 10, however, we may encounter some problems during use. For example, regardless of whether there are files in the recycle bin, the same icon is displayed, which makes it impossible to discriminate the empty and full status of the recycle bin; there is no confirmation prompt to enter the recycle bin when the file is deleted like Windows 7; Whenever you set it, the file will not enter the recycle bin. When you press the delete button, the file will disappear directly. How to solve these problems?

1 The recycle bin displays the same icon, both empty and full.

Under normal circumstances, the display form of the recycle bin icon on the desktop represents whether there is a deleted file in the recycle bin. But sometimes it can happen, whether it is empty or full, the recycle bin icon is the same. At this time, we can’t judge whether there is any content based on the icon of the recycle bin.

If this is the case, first check if a third-party theme or icon package is installed in the system. If you install such a program, uninstall it and see if the desktop recycle bin icon is restored. You can also try to enter the “Theme” configuration window of the system settings and switch the theme to the Windows default theme to see if it can be restored.

If the above solution can’t be solved, please right click on the blank space on the desktop and select “Personalization”, then click “Topic→Desktop Icon Settings”. In the desktop icon settings window that appears, uncheck the desktop icon “Recycle Bin”, then click the “Restore Defaults” button, click “Apply” and then confirm, restart the system. Then use the same method, enter the desktop icon settings and select the “Recycle Bin” icon, click the “Restore Mode Settings” button, apply and confirm and then exit the restart to see if the desktop recycle bin icon can be restored.

If the above process still can’t be solved, next, select the “Recycle Bin (full)” icon in the desktop icon settings window, then click the “Change Icon” button, select an icon that represents the status of the recycle bin full; then select “Recycle Bin ( Empty) icon, then click the “Change Icon” button to select an icon that represents the empty status of the recycle bin. Click “Apply” and confirm and restart, see if the desktop recycle bin icon is back to normal.

If changing the icon settings does not work, you can try to solve it by using the Group Policy Editor instead. Press Win+R to run the regedit. MSC command, launch to the Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Desktop, and in the right pane, find Delete Recycle Bin from Desktop. Double-click the item to enter Go to the settings window, select “Enabled”, click “Apply” and confirm and restart. Next, re-enter the setting, select “Not Configured”, click “Apply” and confirm and restart. Then see if the desktop recycle bin icon can be restored.

2 Retrieve the traditional file deletion confirmation prompt
You must remember that there is a file deletion confirmation prompt in Windows 7, but since Windows 8, there is no such prompt. In fact, this feature is not canceled, but an option is not selected by default. Now, let’s right click on the recycle bin icon on the desktop, select “Properties” to enter the recycle bin properties window, see the checkbox below “Show delete confirmation dialog box”, select it and click “Apply” And you can be sure.

Try again to delete a file, is there a delete prompt already appears?

3 Repair deleted files can not enter the recycle bin
Sometimes, we may inexplicably encounter the problem of deleting files that cannot enter the recycle bin. Of course, we don’t press the Shift key while deleting the file, and we don’t select the “Don’t move the file to the recycle bin, delete it immediately after removing the file” option in the recycle bin property settings window, but simply Press the Del button after selecting the file, and you will not be able to find the file in the recycle bin. After encountering the above problem, you can enter the administrator command prompt window and execute the following command:

Rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin

After executing the above command, it will forcibly delete the Recycle Bin folder located on the system disk. After the system is rebooted, the system automatically rebuilds the folder to restore the default functionality of the recycle bin.


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