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Remove Recycle Bin from Desktop on Windows 8/8.1

To remove the Recycle Bin icon from desktop in Windows 8 computer, you can make it by means of two different methods. And this text will respectively illustrate them with detailed steps.

Video guide on how to remove Recycle Bin from desktop on Windows 8:

2 ways to remove Recycle Bin from desktop on Windows 8/8.1:

Way 1: Remove Recycle Bin by hiding it in the Desktop Icon Settings.

Step 1: Open the Desktop Icon Settings.

Press Windows+F to go to the Search bar, enter recycle bin in the empty box and choose Settings. Then click Show or hide common icons on the desktop on the results page.

Step 2: Hide the Recycle Bin.

Uncheck the small box before Recycle Bin and click OK.

Way 2: Remove Recycle Bin by enabling the "Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop" setting.

Step 1: Access the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Find and open the mentioned setting.

More specifically speaking, you can find it according to the following path.

User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Desktop/Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop

Step 3: Enable this setting.

In the "Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop" window, select Enabled and click OK.

Step 4: Exit the Local Group Policy Editor.

You can exit it by tapping the top-right close button.

Step 5: Restart the computer to make the changes effective.

All in all, with either of these two methods, the Recycle Bin icon can be successfully removed from the desktop.

Tips:

1. As to the second method, you can also shut down your computer and log back on to bring it into effect.

2. If you apply the second way to remove Recycle Bin from desktop, you cannot show Recycle Bin icon on desktop again through Desktop Icon Settings because the Recycle Bin option is in non-editable state, as exhibited in the following picture.

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