My desktop Recycle Bin has disappeared – why, and how, do I get it back?
Windows Vista Users: please see this article:
I accidentally deleted my Recycle Bin in Vista – how do I get it back?
Why is a good question. The recycle bin can certainly be hidden, but exactly
how or why it disappeared is hard to say.
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Getting it back is fairly easy. The quickest is probably to download and
install Tweak UI, one of the “Power Toys” available
from Microsoft. Run that, and the Desktop section allows you
to select which icons to show on the desktop by default. You should be able to
turn the recycle bin back on there.