Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Windows Recycle Bin

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've posted anything useful, so I better get on the ball, eh? Here's something I think is really awesome: Recycle Bin... In the system tray!

If you're anything like me, you like minimalism, and you hate having a cluttered desktop. I keep nothing at all on my desktop. Everything is tucked away nice and neat. Including my recycle bin. The problem is, by removing the recycle bin icon, I was trading efficiency for aesthetics. How could I empty my recycle bin to conserve space, without having to go through the tedious process of showing and hiding it again? I found two solutions!

Minibin: Starts with Windows. Allows opening and emptying of the recycle bin. Configuration options.

SysTray Recycler: Starts with Windows. Can open/empty recycle bin. Shows total filesize of files within the recycle bin. Can clean temporary files. If CCleaner is installed, it can be launced from SysTray Recycler. Configuration Options.

In my opinion, SysTray Recycler is preferable. It's the one I stuck with. But I've shown the two programs to many friends, and a lot of them are beyond satisfied with both. I hope you all find this helpful. :)

And of course, as I end every post: If you can think of any system file hacks that you want (.exe or .dll) for appearances let me know!


  1. pretty cool tip. just inspired me to clear up my desktop, it was FULL of random txt files and junk!

  2. woah thanks! It's exactly what I needed, my background is nice and clean, all the icons I need are on my taskbar, save the recycle bin. Didn't know how to remove that darn thing d;

  3. I like the recycle bin in the taskbar instead of the desktop as well.

  4. Why thank you! Totally doing that.

  5. That is a pretty cool idea!