Remove Items Directly without sending them to Recycle Bin in Windows 8

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At times users wish to delete the contents forever from the PC and for that they need to hold shift along with Delete button to directly remove the contents rather sending them to Recycle Bin. When you hit the delete button for removing any specific item from the system, it moves to Recycle Bin. Using Shift + delete button removes data from PC, but users often forget using this trick. In the tutorial below we will be discussing an easy trick to remove items directly rather sending them to Recycle Bin in Windows 8.

Remove Recycle Bin Icon windows 8 desktop

When you opt to delete an item you are prompted about moving the items to recycle bin. What will be the case if you remove or hide the recycle Bin from the desktop? Here is how you can remove items directly without sending them to Recycle Bin or without using Shift + delete.

To directly remove items without sending them to recycle bin, follow the steps below

  • Right click on Recycle Bin icon and select properties
  • In properties window under settings for selected location, select the radio option besides Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted and hit OK. This will delete the items directly from the PC.
  • Now, go to Windows 8 desktop mode and right click on an empty space
  • From the context menu, select Personalize
  • In the left pane of Personalize window, select Change desktop icons link
  • A new window named Desktop icons opens. Here you can see some default program icons including Recycle Bin
    Uncheck the box besides Recycle bin and hit Ok button.

hide recyclebin

You can now see that Recycle Bin hidden from the desktop. To get back, simply check the box previously unchecked. The procedure discussed above is the easier way to hide recycle Bin and any new user can use the trick.

Hide Recycle Bin using Windows Registry Editor

Before making any changes in the registry, set a back up or create Restore Point.

  • Press Windows + R to open RUN dialog box and type in regedit and hit Enter. This will open Windows Registry Editor
  • In the Registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Explorer > Desktop > NameSpace > 645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E

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  • Now right-click on 645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E and select Delete.
  • Finally, restart your Windows PC to apply the changes.

On reboot you can see that recycle Bin has disappeared from Windows 8 desktop.

Upon following the tutorial here you can hide or remove Recycle Bin from Windows 8 Desktop.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

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