Saturday, November 10, 2007

More Fun with Recycle Bin

I have already posted on renaming the recycle bin.

Here I have posted on adding more features to the recycle bin!!
The Recycle Bin is a funny thing - it has a lot of limitations compared to other normal icon. But I discovered that you can do all sorts of weird things with the context menu. This tip will only show you how to fool around with the context menu of the icon and and appearance of the icon. What you can do with it I am not so sure...


Open up the registry editor and go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder.

Add Rename to the menu, change Attributes to 50 01 00 20
Add Delete to the menu, change Attributes to 60 01 00 20
Add both Renamme & Delete to the menu, change Attributes to 70,01,00,20
Restore the Recycle Bin to Windows defaults including un-deleting the icon after deletion, go to
To Restore the icon, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} and add a key named Recycle Bin
To reset Windows defaults, go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder and change Attributes to 40 01 00 20
And some more practically useless edits to the context menu go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder
Add Copy to the menu, change Attributes to 41 01 00 20
Add Cut to the menu, change Attributes to 42 01 00 20
Add Copy & Cut to the menu, change Attributes to 43 01 00 20
Add Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 44 01 00 20
Add Copy & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 45 01 00 20
Add Cut & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 46 01 00 20
Add all Cut, Copy & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 47 01 00 20

The above edits are more to the fun side than useful but the Rename & Delete can be quite useful sometimes. You don't have to worry about deleting it since you can always call it back.

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