Windows Tip: Play With Your Trash -1 reply

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10th August 2002

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#1 18 years ago

Name that bin:

Very carefully follow the steps below:

Open your registry by going to the Start menu, clicking on Run, and typing "regedit."

Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder.

Double-click on Attributes, and change the hexadecimal code from 40 01 00 20 to 70 01 00 20.

Click OK. The changes will take place immediately.

Right-click your recycle bin, and have fun with your new options. You can rename it to your heart's content, or even delete it.

Even if you delete the desktop icon, your deleted files will still go to the recycle bin. You can find it by exploring your computer and going to C:RECYCLED, and you can empty and explore your "world of waste" from there. If you miss your "ultra-fantastic trash basket" and want it back, you can either:

Drag C:RECYCLED with your right mouse button from Explorer to your desktop, and select Create Shortcuts Here from the context menu (do not simply drag the file, you must drag it with your right mouse button and make a shortcut, as moving essential system files tends to be a bad thing).

Right-click on the desktop, select New, then Folder. Rename the folder to Recycle Bin.{645ff040-5081-101b-9f08-00aa002f954e}. The icon should change into the standard trash can icon, and you can rename it to suit your fancy.

Problems and disclaimers:

Yes, there's always a catch. On some test computers, the recycle bin I created after deleting the original would not automatically refresh its icon. It would look full of crumpled paper even after I removed all the items, and would only reflect its actual state when I hit F5 to refresh the desktop icons. Functionality, however, remains the same. If the possibility of desktop disorderliness would bother you to no end, play it safe, and don't delete your original recycle bin.