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Removing recycling bin shortcut icon from desktop

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    Windows 8 Pro / Windows Home Premium

    Removing recycling bin shortcut icon from desktop


    Running win8 gives me beautiful panoramic scenes across my dual screens unspoiled by desktop shortcuts...... EXCEPT FOR THAT STINKING GARBAGE CAN. I have a recycle bin icon that will not allow me to remove it. Right clicking on any other shortcut would bring up a menu with a delete option. Not this one. It wants to stay. Anyone?

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    The Contemplator
    (1963-2013)
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    Right-click on the Desktop and click Personalise. Now follow the steps shown below (an item that is checked appears on the desktop, one that isn't doesn't). These are per-user settings.

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    Windows 8 Pro / Windows Home Premium


    Thanks, That one of the many things I hate about Win8. I got stupid again
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    The Contemplator
    (1963-2013)
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    You're welcome. It's exactly the same method with Vista and Windows 7 as well.
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Removing recycling bin shortcut icon from desktop
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