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  • Question

  • I dragged the recycle bin to the top of the start menu like I have all other versions of windows then discovered that I no longer have the option to empty the recycle bin.
    Well i tried to delete it from the start menu and I also don't have the option to delete it from the start menu.
    How do I delete the recycle bin from the start menu?

    Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:19 AM

Answers

  • Yes. It's a bug as Ramesh Kumar rightly pointed out. But you don't have to live with it :) Apply my pinfolder.reg registry file from this article page.

    How to add "Pin to Start menu" option for folders in Windows 7/Vista/XP:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/pinfolder.htm

    This adds the "Pin to Start menu" (and the "Unpin..." option) for folders (inclding the special folders such as Recycle Bin, Music, Pictures etc)
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 7:08 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • Hi Polymer

    You should be able to right click the Recycle Bin on the Start Menu and select Unpin from Start Menu or Remove from this list.

    Was this the Recycle Bin icon that appears on the Desktop that you placed on the Start Menu?

    Let us know.



    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:31 AM
  • Ronnie Vernon said:

    Hi Polymer

    You should be able to right click the Recycle Bin on the Start Menu and select Unpin from Start Menu or Remove from this list.

    Was this the Recycle Bin icon that appears on the Desktop that you placed on the Start Menu?

    Let us know.



    Ronnie Vernon MVP


    Yes I dragged the icon to the start menu.. Then like a dummy I did it again and now I have 2.
    When I right click I only get OPEN or PROPERTIES options and no Unpin, Delete or Empty options..
    Right clicking on the icon still on the desktop works properly though.
    I've done this on XP and Vista with no problems.

    Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:53 AM
  • Hi Polymer

    Right click the Desktop and select Personalize.

    In the personalize window, select Change Desktop icons, in the left side Tasks pane.

    Remove the check mark from the Recycle Bin item. Click Apply/OK.

    This should remove the icon from the desktop.

    Next, go into the Start Menu and try removing those icons again.

    Let us know the results.



    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:26 AM
  • Ronnie Vernon said:

    Hi Polymer

    Right click the Desktop and select Personalize.

    In the personalize window, select Change Desktop icons, in the left side Tasks pane.

    Remove the check mark from the Recycle Bin item. Click Apply/OK.

    This should remove the icon from the desktop.

    Next, go into the Start Menu and try removing those icons again.

    Let us know the results.



    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Nope still no go. Is the start menu contents stored in the registry?


    Sunday, January 18, 2009 1:49 PM
  • It seems BUG. It occurs with all type of system folders like Pictures, Music, Computer, Recycle Bin etc.
    - Ramesh Kumar
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:16 PM
    Answerer
  • Ramesh_Kumar said:

    It seems BUG. It occurs with all type of system folders like Pictures, Music, Computer, Recycle Bin etc.


    - Ramesh Kumar


    I agree..I reported it to MS. Still doesn't fix my problem though. Its just a minor annoyance. I guess I'll just have to live with it.
    Thanks guys.
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:54 PM
  • Yes. It's a bug as Ramesh Kumar rightly pointed out. But you don't have to live with it :) Apply my pinfolder.reg registry file from this article page.

    How to add "Pin to Start menu" option for folders in Windows 7/Vista/XP:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/pinfolder.htm

    This adds the "Pin to Start menu" (and the "Unpin..." option) for folders (inclding the special folders such as Recycle Bin, Music, Pictures etc)
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 7:08 PM
    Answerer
  • Ramesh Srinivasan said:

    Yes. It's a bug as Ramesh Kumar rightly pointed out. But you don't have to live with it :) Apply my pinfolder.reg registry file from this article page.

    How to add "Pin to Start menu" option for folders in Windows 7/Vista/XP:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/pinfolder.htm

    This adds the "Pin to Start menu" (and the "Unpin..." option) for folders (inclding the special folders such as Recycle Bin, Music, Pictures etc)


    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP



    gr8 find Ramesh Srinivasan. Thanks for the FIX
    It works flawlessly.
    - Ramesh Kumar
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 7:54 PM
    Answerer
  • Ramesh Srinivasan said:

    Yes. It's a bug as Ramesh Kumar rightly pointed out. But you don't have to live with it :) Apply my pinfolder.reg registry file from this article page.

    How to add "Pin to Start menu" option for folders in Windows 7/Vista/XP:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/pinfolder.htm

    This adds the "Pin to Start menu" (and the "Unpin..." option) for folders (inclding the special folders such as Recycle Bin, Music, Pictures etc)


    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP

    That worked great although I still have to use the shift-Right Click to empty the recycle bin on the start menu. The one on the desktop still works with just the right click. . Interesting though before the fix if I renamed one of the recycle bins all 3 of them changed names including the one on the desktop. Didn't try it after. Don't want to press my luck. :)
    Thanks Ramesh. You da man!

    Jerry
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 8:39 PM
  • Thanks Ramesh.

    Glad that helped, Jerry. Thanks for the update!
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP
    Monday, January 19, 2009 3:25 AM
    Answerer
  • I still cannot unpin the Recycle Bin from the start menu. I applied the registry edit, but it still does not allow me to delete it from the start menu/unpin it from the start menu.
    Saturday, February 21, 2009 6:25 PM
  • This is a long shot, but you could try deleting the key {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID.

    Make sure you export the key first.

    If the hack doesn't work, or messes something up, you can import the file you exported.

    The usual precautions and warnings about editing the registry apply.
    Saturday, February 21, 2009 8:25 PM
  • Does the Unpin from Start menu option appear when you right-click the Recycle Bin icon in the Start menu?
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP
    Sunday, February 22, 2009 6:53 AM
    Answerer
  • This method does not work if control panel is pinned to start menu :)
    Sunday, February 22, 2009 10:11 AM
  • None of those options work. I tried deleting that one registry, it didn't work. The unpin option does not show up either. There does not seem to be a way to delete this recycle bin from the start menu, it's rather annoying.
    Sunday, February 22, 2009 5:01 PM