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Windows 10 Recycle Bin

Windows 10 Recycle Bin is a location to keep your deleted files, folders, and other items. You can easily restore files from Recycle Bin if you delete some important files by mistake. Where is the Recycle Bin? How to open Recycle Bin in Windows 10? MiniTool Software will show you the answers in this post.

Where Is the Recycle Bin?

By default, the Recycle Bin is located on the top-left side of your desktop. It is a waste-paper basket shape. It is an empty basket if there are no files in it. Otherwise, it is a basket with some waste papers in it.

Recycle Bin icon

You can move the Recycle Bin location as your wish. You can just press and hold the Recycle Bin icon and then move it to your preferred location. All in all, it is very easy to find the Recycle Bin location.

How to Open Windows 10 Recycle Bin?

It is very easy to open it on your computer. However, in different circumstances, you may need to use other methods to open it. Now, we will show you 9 easy methods. You can familiarize yourself with them and use them at the right time.

#1. From the Desktop

This is the universal method to open Windows 10 Recycle Bin. You can just double-click its icon on the desktop to open it. You can also right-click it and then select Open to access it.

click Open

#2. Use Windows Search

Windows search is a Windows snap-in utility that can search for files, folders, utilities, and more on your computer. You can use it to search Recycle Bin and then open it.

open recycle bin using Windows search

#3. Pin to Start

You can pin Recycle Bin to start and then open it from the Start menu.

1. Right-click Recycle Bin and then select Pin to Start.

pin to Start

2. Click Start and you can find Recycle from the Start menu.

open Recycle Bin from Start menu

#4. Pin to the Taskbar

You can also pin it to the taskbar and then you can just click it from the taskbar to quickly open it.

open recycle bin from the taskbar

#5. Use the Address Bar in File Explorer

Case 1:

  1. Click This PC to open File Explorer.
  2. Click the address bar in File Explorer and then type recycle bin to replace This PC.
  3. Press Enter to open Recycle Bin.

open Recycle Bin in File Explorer

Case 2:

You can also click the arrow down icon in the address bar and then select Recycle Bin to open it.

select Recycle Bin

Case 3:

You can go to Desktop from the address bar and then you can see Recycle Bin in the following display.

find Recycle Bin in Desktop

#6. Via Run

  1. Press Win+R to open Run.
  2. Type shell:RecycleBinFolder and press Enter to directly open it.

open with Run

#7. Through Quick Access

You can add Recycle Bin to Quick Access and then open it through Quick Access.

1. Open This PC.

2. Shrink the window for This PC to see the Recycle Bin on the desktop.

3. Drag Recycle Bin to Quick access.

add Recycle Bin to Quick access

4. Recycle Bin will be shown in Quick access. If you happen to in This PC and want to open Recycle Bin, you can expand Quick access and click it to open it. If you don’t want to see it in Quick access, you can right-click it and then select Unpin from Quick access.

#8. Use Windows PowerShell

  1. Use Windows search to search for Windows Powershell.
  2. Select the first search result to open it.
  3. Type this command: start shell:RecycleBinFolder and press Enter to directly open Recycle Bin.

use Windows PowerShell to open Recycle Bin

You don’t need to remember all these methods. You can just select one or more methods to open Windows 10 Recycle Bin according to the situation you are facing. Then, you can select your needed files to restore. The selected files will be restored to their original location. However, if you can’t find your desired files in Recycle Bin, they should be permanently deleted. In a situation like this, you can use a free file recovery tool, MiniTool Power Data Recovery, to get them back.

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