Tips & Tricks

If you prefer to work with a completely clear desktop, you can hide the Recycle Bin with a little Registry hack. You can still use the [Shift] + [Delete] shortcut to access the Bin when you need it.
Choose ‘Start > Run’ and type ‘Regedit’ in the ‘Open’ bar. Click ‘OK’. Now browse to: HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\HideDesktop Icons\NewStartPanel. Create a new DWORD value and name it: ‘{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}’
Double-click this and change its value to ‘1’. Quit Registry Editor, then right-click an empty space somewhere on your desktop and choose ‘Refresh’. The Recycle Bin icon will magically disappear from the desktop. You can get it back again at any time by changing the value back to ‘0’.

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