Thursday, July 02, 2009

Add the Recycle Bin to My Computer

Windows 7


My favorite blog LifeHacker has alerted me on how to add more items to My Computer.  Specifically you can go to Tweaking with Vishal for all the details.

Essentially, you can add more items to the My Computer view, including the Recycle Bin!  All you do is add a specific GUID into a specific place in the registry. 

Remember! That editing the Registry could cause problems or unsuspecting things, so be careful!

To make the tweak, simply:

  1. Click Start, then Run and type in Regedit.
  2. Navigate to the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace key
  3. Then with NameSpace selected, on the whitespace right-click, point at New and select Key.  Add the GUID of your choice below:
    1. Recycle Bin - {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
    2. Control Panel - {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
    3. Run - {2559A1F3-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}
    4. Search - {2559A1F0-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}
    5. Flip 3D - {3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
    6. Internet Explorer - {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
    7. Administrative Tools - {D20EA4E1-3957-11D2-A40B-0C5020524153}
    8. Network Connections - {7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
    9. Printers - {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
  4. Then simply open My Computer, or if it’s open, press F5 to refresh

If it didn’t work, make sure you don’t have any spaces on either side of the GUID and that you include the {} brackets.

Nice speed saving tip for you!