Personalization Add or Remove Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11


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The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from a hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Recycle Bin in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane using "Show all folders"
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane using REG file


EXAMPLE: Recycle Bin in navigation pane of File Explorer

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Option One

Add or Remove Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane using "Show all folders"


If Show all folders is turned on, the Recycle Bin will always show in the navigation pane until you turn off Show all folders.


1 Turn On (add) or Off (remove) "Show all folders" in Navigation Pane for what you want.





Option Two

Add or Remove Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane using REG file


This option will allow you to add the Recycle Bin to the navigation pane without having to turn on Show all folders.


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you want.

2 Add Recycle Bin to Navigation Pane of File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Recycle_Bin_to_Navigation_Pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:00000001

3 Remove Recycle Bin from Navigation Pane of File Explorer

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Recycle_Bin_from_Navigation_Pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 If File Explorer is open, close and reopen it to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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