XP: Rename Recycle Bin

Recycle Bin is such a weak name. Personalize your XP installation by renaming your recycle bin to whatever you wish.

Oh, this requires a registry edit. Editing your registry can cause cancer and computer crashes. Only do it if you know what you are doing (and can afford chemotherapy).

1. Click Start
2. Click Run
3. Type regedit and hit ENTER
4. In the registry editor go to the following key:


5. Double click on the following value:

6. Change the value to whatever you wish.

7. Click OK and close out regedit
8. Click on a blank area of the desktop and select refresh from the context menu.
9. After the screen refreshes, you recycle bin will be renamed to whatever you decided.

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  • Anonymous

    Short and sweet.

  • Beau

    I have renamed my Recycle Bin to “Garbage”. Now, the sound that usually plays when the Recycle Bin is emptied doesn’t play anymore. I have located the .wav file that it uses in the Registry Editor at,


    It’s String Value is,

    %SystemRoot%mediaWindows XP Recycle.wav

    Now that I have renamed the Recycle Bin, do you now how I can associate this .wav file back to it.

    P.S.-Could you e-mail me in case I lose this URL…I have quite alot of Favorites. Thanks SpyderBDM@aol.com

  • mbox

    thank you,

  • Anonymous

    this is a fun magic
    i like that

  • Anonymous

    o thnx……….

  • Name

    So how exactly do you “Go” to HKCR/CLSID/645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E/ShellFolder/Attributes? Where is it? I looked in the registry, bec ause thats what it looks like it’d be in, I even searched with F3, nothing.

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  • Dev_malik33

    thank …………
    bade wala

  • Shail

    Yeah it worked and i am able to change my recycle bin name as dutbin

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  • Earl

    or u can change attributes to 50 01 00 20

  • dad of mad

    You are a mad ……

  • Wow, beautiful, Thank you.

  • amir

    Thank You

  • MObi

    You can rename the default icons by adding a value for the following keys:
    Recycling Bin –

    My Documents at-

    My Computer at- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

    Default value is “” , so rename it whatever you want. Don’t forget to hit F5 from the desktop to refresh.

  • Norm

    Somehow my recycle bin ended up being labeled “Statement Page 2(12)”. Obviosly this is the name of a desktop download file, that would have been thrown to the trash. I followed the instructions above only to discover that I don’t even have the file @C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll,-8964

    My files go from @C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll,-32517 to @C:\WINDOWS\system32\SHELL32.dll,-9216 (when listing alphabetically).

    What can I do to rename my recycle bin?

  • nurealam

    thanks for helping me