“Is there anyway though to put a ‘fully functional’ Recycle Bin on the taskbar? With the right-click menu, changing icon for empty and full… etc.”
The answer is yes, there is a way and this groovy Tutorial will show you How-To do it. Thanks for the question!
How To Add A Fully Functional Recycle Bin Icon To Your Taskbar In Windows 7
1. Right-Click a blank area of the Desktop and Select New > Folder.
2. Right-Click the New folder and Rename it to something recycle appropriate such as Trash.
3. Drag and Drop the Recycle Bin icon onto your new Trash folder. This will create a system shortcut.
4. Next Move your Trash folder off of the Desktop and into another location, I prefer to put it in:
You can move the folder easily via Drag and Drop.
Now your shortcut folder is all set, so it’s time to set up the taskbar.
5. Right-Click the Taskbar and Uncheck Lock the taskbar.
The taskbar should now be Unlocked.
6. Right-Click the Taskbar again and Select Toolbars > New Toolbar…
7. Browse to and Select the Trash folder that you just created moved off of your desktop. In this example it’s location is C:Program FilesTrash.
The functional Recycle Bin is now on the Taskbar, but it look quite right so let’s adjust that.
8. Right-Click the dotted separator next to Trash and from the menu Uncheck both Show Text and Show title.
9. Right-Click the dotted separator again and Select View > Large Icons
10. Now you need to choose where on your Taskbar you want your Recycle Bin to be, you can Drag the separator to slide it left or right.
11. Once you’ve placed your Recycle Bin where you want it, Right-Click the Taskbar and Select Lock the taskbar.
All done! Your Recycle Bin is now on your Taskbar and it is fully functional just as if it were on the Desktop. The icon will even change depending on whether your bin is empty or has items in it. If you are a minimalist then the only thing left to do now is to remove the Recycle Bin from your desktop.