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How to Restore Recycle Bin?

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Jul 10, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

"I emptied recycle bin after deleting some important files on my computer. And I found that I lost my files permanently. Now, I am wondering if there is any way to restore an empty recycle bin or get back deleted files after emptying the recycle bin."

Files you delete from Windows PC do not disappear right away. Deleted files still exist on the computer, but not visible to you. If you have accidentally deleted some files from your computer, you can easily recover them from the recycle bin.

However, what if you also emptied or deleted your recycle bin? In such a scenario, it may seem impossible to get back deleted files for many users. If this situation happens to you, you might be looking for a method on how to recover deleted items from empty recycle bin. Luckily, you can take advantage of powerful recovery software that can help you to restore files from the recycle bin after emptying.

Part 1. Why do You Need to Restore Recycle Bin?

It is not rare at all to delete the recycle bin, but the worst situation is when you end up losing your important files. Undoubtfully, many common situations lead you to the deletion of files in the recycle bin.

When you are trying to clean your computer, you can accidentally empty or delete the recycle bin, and thus, it makes the icon to be disappeared. Plus, when deleting unnecessary files from the recycle bin, you may end up deleting important files, but too late to realize. Another scenario in which you can lose files from the recycle bin is the corruption of the operating system.

Fortunately, you can restore the recycle bin on your computer. In addition to it, you can get back lost or deleted files from the recycle bin using the reliable and powerful recycle bin recovery software. In the next section, we will show you how you can re-appear the recycle bin on the computer, and how to recover lost/deleted files from recycle bin.

Part 2. How to Restore Files from Emptied Recycle Bin?

Even though you emptied the recycle bin after deleting files, you can easily get back your deleted files. Here is how to recover deleted files using a wonderful data recovery tool - Wondershare Recoverit.

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II. How to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin?

To recover files from the emptied recycle bin, you need to first download Recoverit on your computer. After its successful installation, run it and follow the below step-by-step guide to getting back deleted files after emptying the recycle bin.

Step 1: Select the Recycle Bin Recovery mode

Whenever you wish to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin, launch the Recoverit Data Recovery application on your computer. From its home screen, select the Recycle Bin option to proceed.


Step 2: Scan the Location

This will initiate the data recovery process and the application will start looking for any lost content on your system. Simply wait for a while as Recoverit would complete the process and try not to close the application in between.


Step 3: Preview and Recover

When the Recycle Bin recovery is completed, the application will let you know. The extracted data will be displayed in different categories for you to preview on the interface itself. You can select the files or folders you want to retrieve and click the Recover button to save them to a trusted location.


That's how you can easily get back deleted files from the recycle bin using Recoverit. It does no matter whether you want to restore recycle bin Windows 10/8/7, the software supports to recover deleted or lost files on every Windows operating system.

Part3. How to Restore Deleted Files from Unemptied Recycle Bin?

You are lucky if you didn't empty the recycle bin after deleting files on your computer as the deleted files can be easily recovered from the recycle bin. Recovering deleted files from the recycle bin takes a few minutes once you can locate your desired files in the recycle bin.

Step 1:

To begin the process, open the Recycle Bin by simply double-tapping or double-clicking its icon on your desktop.

Step 2:

Next, locate the desired files or folders you want to recover. Once able to locate, select them to get back on your computer.

Step 3:

Now, right-click on the selected files, and then, select the Restore option. Finally, the recycle bin will recover the deleted or lost files to their original locations.


Thus, you don't have to use any third-party software if you didn't empty the recycle bin. What if you can't locate your desired files in the recycle bin? In this case, the best thing you can do is to use Recoverit recycle bin recovery free software.

Part 4. How to Restore Recycle Bin Icon?

Does your recycle bin icon disappear from the desktop? If yes, then you probably looking for some ways to re-appear the recycle bin icon on the desktop. Sadly, this situation can happen to you due to numerous reasons, such as virus attack, or accidental deletion. Fortunately, you can easily restore your recycle bin icon on the desktop.

1. How to Restore Recycle Bin Icons?

Well, how to restore recycle bin on Windows 7/8/10? All you have to do is to follow the below step-by-step guide to make the recycle bin re-appear on your desktop.

Step 1:

To start with, tap on the Start menu on your desktop taskbar. In the case of Windows 8/7, you have to search for Desktop icons, and choose the Show or hide common icons on the desktop option. Then, go to Step 3 directly.

Step 2:

Here, open the Control Panel, and select the Personalization option.

Step 3:

Next, go to Themes (in case of Windows 10) and select the Change desktop icons option. Now, choose the recycle bin to reappear on your desktop. You can either choose an empty or full recycle bin.


2. How to Create a Recycle Bin Shortcut?

If the above steps don't work for you on Windows 10 computer, you can create a recycle bin shortcut on your desktop. Follow the below steps on how to you can do it:

Step 1:

To begin with, launch Windows File Explorer. Choose View > Options.

Step 2:

Next, go to Folder Options box, and select the View tab. Then, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drivers, and here, untick the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) option. And click Apply and OK.


Step 3:

Now, go back to Windows File Explorer. And select This PC, and open C: Drive. Here, right-click $Recycle.Bin, and select Desktop (create shortcut) in the Send To menu pops-up.

Part 5. How to Manage Your Recycle Bin?

Once you can restore deleted files or files deleted from the recycle bin, it is better to know more about the recycle bin and its features. It will surely help you to manage your recycle bin in a much efficient manner.

1. Overview of Recycle Bin

The recycle bin is a trash can where your deleted folders and files are tossed into. When you delete files and folders on the computer, they are not permanently deleted from your hard drive. They are moved to a special folder. And recycle bin is the folder where deleted files and folders' references are stored. But, you can't view or open them in the recycle bin. But, as long as your deleted files/folders remain in the recycle bin, you can locate them, and get back to their original location to view and use them again.

Key features of the recycle bin

2. The Recycle Bin Options and Properties

If you are wondering whether you can configure the recycle bin as per your requirements, then it is highly possible, and all thanks go to availability the recycle bin options. You can access these options by tapping the Organize tab, which is located at the top of the recycle bin window. Here, all you have to do is to select Properties, where you can change settings for the recycle bin. In the next section, we will show you what you can configure for the recycle bin.

3. Tips for Recycle Bin - some tips and hacks for using recycle bin

Windows users use a recycle bin to restore deleted files when required regularly. Apart from recovering lost or deleted files, there are some tips and hacks that can help you to manage the recycle bin in a much better way.

• Change Recycle Bin Size

Is your computer running out of storage space? If yes, then you can minimize the default size assigned to the recycle bin in your Windows computer. To change its size, you have to right-click on the recycle bin > Properties. Next, you can define the maximum size for the recycle bin on your computer under the General tab.

• Turn on Delete Confirmation Dialog for Recycle Bin

In Windows 10 computer, the files you delete are moved automatically to the recycle bin without displaying the confirmation dialog. What if you want to see a delete confirmation dialog when you are trying to delete files on your computer? For this, you have to right-click on the recycle bin > Properties. Here, tick the Display delete confirmation dialog box and click the Apply button.


I'm sure that the guide would have helped you resolve queries like how to empty Recycle Bin in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP or how to recover files from Recycle Bin. In case if you have lost some important files from Recycle Bin, then consider using Wondershare Recoverit. It is a highly advanced and user-friendly solution to perform Recycle Bin recovery in minutes. You can get a premium subscription of Recoverit or try its free version as well by visiting its official website.

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