Since installing Windows 7, I’ve actually been using the Recycle Bin as opposed to disabling it as I used to do with XP. One thing that gets in the way however is that if you have several windows open and desktop icons hidden, it can be a real pain to get to the recycle bin. With this Windows trick we’ll add a new way to access the bin quickly and easily from the Start Menu.
How To Add The Windows Recycle Bin To the Start Menu or Run Dialog
1. Click the Windows Start Menu Orb and Paste in the following location:
Now Press Enter or Click the Programs link.
2. Explorer should open up, Right-Click anywhere in the blank area in the window and Select New > Shortcut from the context menu.
3. In the location box Paste in the following extension syntax:
4. Type in a name for the shortcut, I just use the default name, Recycle Bin. Click Finish.
The shortcut is now done and you could stop here, but I like to give it finished look by adding the official Windows 7 Recycle Bin icon to it. Let’s change that now.
5. Right-Click your newly created shortcut and Select Properties from the context menu.
6. Click the Shortcut tab and then Click the Change Icon… button.
7. By default the icon selector is in the wrong folder, the icons you are looking for are stored in the imageres DLL file. Paste this location into the white box:
The Recycle Bin icon is 1/4 the way over, Select it and Click OK. Click OK again to save and exit the shortcut properties.
Now you can access the Windows 7 Recycle Bin whenever you like by just opening up the start menu and typing in recycle. You can also Right-Click it and pin it to the start menu or taskbar now as well.
Enjoy the groovy quick access to the Recycle Bin. Don’t forget that you can use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc shortcut keys to quickly access the Start Menu.
Running Windows XP Or Prefer To Use Run?
As another option, if you are running Windows XP or prefer to access the Recycle Bin from the Run dialog, place this same shortcut into the %SystemRoot%System32 folder and rename it to recycle.
Once you’ve placed it in the System32 folder all you have to do is open up Run and Type in recycle to access the Recycle Bin. You can use the shortkey key WindowsKey+R to quickly access the run dialog.