One of the features Windows users have wanted since the beginning of the OS has been to access to the Recycle Bin from the Taskbar. In Windows 10, you can add it to the Taskbar, but you have no functionality other than opening it to use, for now. Will Microsoft add the Recycle Bin as a usable Taskbar feature before Windows 10 is released to the public? We’ll know when Microsoft releases the final version of the OS.

In the mean time, we’ll show you how to add the Recycle Bin to the Taskbar in Windows 10 for easier access and for a clutter-free desktop.

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Adding the Recycle Bin to the Windows 10 Taskbar

Adding the Recycle Bin to the Windows 10 Taskbar is easy.

Right-click on the Recycle Bin on the desktop, one of two icons that makes a default appearance when you install the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Click “Pin to Start” to get started.


This will pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu, so open the Start Menu.

Just a reminder: Even if you leave the Recycle Bin pinned to the Start Menu, similar to Windows 8 or 8.1, you’ll still have no addition functionality for it.

Now, right-click the “Recycle Bin.”


You’ll notice Pin to taskbar in its options, click on it.


The Recycle Bin will now be added to the Taskbar. You can click on it to open the Recycle Bin to use, but unfortunately, you won’t be able to do much else from the Taskbar itself.


Why would anyone pin the Recycle Bin to the Taskbar now with such limited functionality? Who knows? Was this a mistaken feature with the newly added Start Menu? Again, we’re not really sure? But it could be a step in the right direction for those of us who’ve dreamed of this leap forward for Windows since the start. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.


Anyone who’s used Windows in the past knows how much life would be made easier by being able to use the Recycle Bin from the Taskbar. In fact, users should petition Microsoft to make this possible before Windows 10’s release.

The fact that we can now add it to the Taskbar seems to indicate that this might be in the works but as usual, Microsoft is silent about the potential feature. We encourage you to let Microsoft know through the Windows Insider Program if you’d like to see the Recycle Bin have added functionality in the Windows 10 final release.