How to Rename "Recycle Bin"?

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How to Rename "Recycle Bin"?

You can change your Recycle Bin name to another one like Trash or Dust Bin or any other names. You will have to modify your Registry files to do this.

First method

To rename Recycle Bin, follow these steps:
  • Go to "Start" > Run, and then type "Regedit" to open the Registry Editor
  • Press "Ctrl"+F" to search for the strings containing the word "Recycle bin".
  • Change the value data of "Recycle Bin" to another name you want like "Trash" or "Dust Bin"
  • Press F3 to continue searching for 'Recycle Bin' and change wherever you come across 'Recycle Bin' to its new name.
  • Repeat step 4 until you have finished with searching and changed all values to its new name.
  • Close "regedit" and hit F5 on desktop to see the new name on screen.

Please note that it's very important to backup your registry before doing any changes!

2nd method

  • Click Start / Run
  • Type regedit and press enter.
  • Open the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder
  • Open the CLSID folder
  • Open the {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} folder
  • Open the ShellFolder folder
  • Change the Attributes data value from 40 01 00 20 to 50 01 00 20.
  • Once completed change the CallForAttributes dword value to 0x00000000
    • (double-click and change value data to 0). You must change both of these values to get the rename to appear.
  • After performing the above steps you will be able to rename the icon like any other icon.
  • Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and click Rename and rename it to whatever you wish.
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