How to Change Recycle Bin Icon in Windows 11

You can change the default Windows 11 Recycle Bin icon if you don’t like it.

Here are the steps:

Press Windows + I to open the Settings app and hit Personalization on the left sidebar.

Click on Themes on the right.

Hit the Desktop icon settings on the right side of the screen.

These two icons appear in the Desktop Icon Settings popup:

  • Recycle Bin (full) – You’ll see this icon when there is an item in the Recycle Bin.
  • Recycle Bin (empty) – This icon appears when the Recycle Bin is empty.

Select the former.

Hit the “Change Icon” button and select the icon you prefer. Use the Browse button if the icon you want is in another location.

Hit the OK button.

Follow the two steps above for the Recycle Bin (empty).

Hit the OK button, and that’s all.

If you want to restore the default Recycle Bin icon, here’s how:

Follow the steps above to open the “Desktop Icon Settings” popup.

Select the Recycle Bin (full) and hit the Restore Default button. Select the Recycle Bin (empty) and click Restore Default.

Hit the OK button, and that’s it.

Thanks for reading.

See: How to Hide Windows 11 Recycle Bin