Where Is the Recycle Bin in Windows 10/11, How to Find and Open Recycle Bin

Where is the Recycle Bin in Windows 10? This tutorial shows several ways to help you find and open Recycle Bin on Windows 10 from desktop, File Explorer, command prompt, or settings. You can also learn how to empty Recycle Bin and restore deleted files from Recycle Bin.

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Windows Recycle Bin is one of the system folders in the Microsoft Windows operating system. It is mainly used to store files or folders temporarily deleted by users. The files stored in the Recycle Bin can be restored.    

To restore files from Recycle Bin, you first need to know where is the Recycle Bin in Windows 10. Windows 10 Recycle is in the upper-left corner of your Desktop by default. You can find and double-click to open it easily.

However, sometimes, the Recycle Bin icon is not showing up on your Desktop, then, how to find and open Recycle Bin in this case? This tutorial solves the problem "Where is the Recycle Bin in Windows 10?", showing you a few ways to reach the Windows 10 Recycle Bin location.

What's more, at the end of this page, we recommend advanced data recovery software to help you recover the data deleted from the Recycle Bin effortlessly.

Where Is the Recycle Bin in Windows 10/11 File Explorer

Press Win + E keys to open File Explorer. Type and search recycle bin in the address bar. Press Enter to open Recycle Bin directly.

open recycleb in in file explorer

Another way is to find Recycle Bin in File Explorer is to click the > icon in the address bar. In the drop-down menu, choose "Recycle Bin".

find recycle bin in file explorer

Open Recycle Bin from Run Command

Step 1. Press Win +R keys to open the Run box.

Step 2. Type explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder and click "OK". Then, the Recycle Bin will pop up.

find recycle bin in run command

Open Recycle Bin from Using PowerShell

Step 1. Click the Search button, and type PowerShell.

Step 2. Right-click Windows PowerShell from search results, and choose "Run as administrator".

where is recycle bin in powershell

Step 3. Type shell:RecycleBinFolder and press Enter. Then, the Recycle Bin will open.

open recycle bin in powershell

Related reading: How to Fix Corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows 10

How to Find Recycle Bin in Windows 10/11 via Settings

If there is no Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, follow the ways to get to desktop icon settings in Windows 10.

Step 1. Select the Start button. Then, click "Settings" > "Personalization".

Step 2. Click "Themes > Desktop icon settings".

show recycle bin in desktop

Step 3. Check "Recycle Bin", then select "Apply > OK". Then, you should see the Recycle Bin icon displayed on your desktop.

find recycle bin in desktop

To show Recycle Bin icon on the desktop in Windows 7, select the Start button, type desktop icons in the search box, and then select Show or hide common icons on the desktop. 

How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10/11

Recycle Bin keeps the all files you deleted. If you don't clean it up in time, as time goes by, it will accumulate a lot of files and take up much space. Learn multiple how to empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10 effectively.

  • Empty Recycle Bin on desktop
  • Clean Recycle Bin in its Manage menu
  • Empty Recycle Bin in settings
  • Clean Recycle Bin in CMD or on a schedule

Bonus Tip: How to Recover Files from Emptied Recycle Bin Windows 10

If you lose important files by pressing the Delete or Shift+Delete keys, or emptying Recycle Bin, how to recover lost data efficiently?

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, a world-famous file recovery tool, to restore deleted or lost files from emptied Recycle Bin, HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, external hard drive, SD card, camera, etc.

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Step 1. Select the recycle bin folder to scan

To specifically recover files emptied from the Windows recycle bin, hover the mouse pointer over the "Recycle Bin" option under the "Locations" section and click "Scan".

select recycle bin folder to scan

Step 2. Filter wanted files

The software will start a quick scan immediately for all deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch automatically to scan more lost files. After the scanning process, you can use the Filter feature to filter a specific file type, such as pictures, documents, videos, etc. 

scan recycle bin data

Step 3. Preview and recover files

Once you locate the desired files, you can double-click on a file for a full preview. Finally, select the wanted files and click "Recover". We suggest you select a different volume or an external USB drive to save the recovered files to avoid data overwriting.

preview and recover recycle bin data

Concluding Words

After reading this tutorial, we believe that you've known that where is the Recycle Bin on Windows 10 computer. If you don't see Recycle Bin on your desktop, you can still access it in File Explorer, by using the Run command and Windows PowerShell. Besides, you can add the Recycle Bin to your desktop via settings.

If you accidentally clear your Recycle Bin but realize that there are some files you need, don't worry, use EaseUS data recovery software to get files back at a high recovery rate.

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