How to Change The Recycle Bin Icon on Windows 10

change icon of recycle bin

Windows 10 has the Recycle Bin feature, which a trash can for your deleted files before deleted permanently. But, sometimes you’re just bored with the old Recycle Bin icon. Here’s how to change the Recycle Bin icon easily on Windows 10, which can also be done in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 (and Windows 7).

Where to Find Other Recycle Bin Icons

Before changing the Recycle Bin icon, you need to find some Recycle Bin icons you would like to use as its new icon. You can either create it yourself, then save it as an ICO file or download it from the internet.

But, most likely you will have .PNG format as your icon format. This image format can’t be used as a Recycle Bin icon. Therefore, you have to convert the image to an ICO file, which can be done using an online tool like ConvertICO.

First, open the website. Then, upload the icon image with a PNG format.

how to change the recycle bin icon on windows 10

Now, click the download button to save your converted icon file, which now becomes the ICO file.

convert png to ico file as recycle bin icon

You can now use the ICO file as the Recycle Bin icon.

ico file vs png file as new recycle bin icon

How to Change the Recycle Bin Icon

To change the icon of Recycle Bin, right-click the desktop then choose Personalize to access the Settings app.

desktop right-click

Now, choose Themes then click the Desktop icon settings.

theme

This is where you can change the Recycle Bin icon (either full or empty icons), including This PC, Network, or even your own user folder or hide the Recycle Bin icon. Click Recycle Bin, then choose Change icon.

change icon

Simply click Browse button to find your icon file (formatted as ICO).

browse icon file

Search for the icon file you’ve made/downloaded. Then click Open.

select icon file

Click OK.

new icon file

Click OK again.

change icon of recycle bin


Now, you can see that it works pretty well, and your Recycle Bin icon has been changed.

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