This article tells you how to rename the Recycle Bin in Windows XP.

Renaming the Recycle Bin

Method 1

  • Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT.EXE
  • Navigate to the following location:


  • From the File menu, choose Export and backup the branch to a REG file.
  • Double-click the value named LocalizedString and set its data accordingly. (For example, set its Value data to Trash if you want to change the Recycle Bin icon to read as Trash.)
  • Exit the Registry Editor.
  • Press {F5} key on the keyboard to refresh the desktop icons.

Method 2

The website (a site known for some really excellent tweaks for Windows) has a tweak that enables the Rename option when you right-click on the Recycle Bin icon. Here is an excerpt from the VirtualPlastic site.

There's an old regtweak to add a rename option to the recycle bin. It involves the shellfolder subkey of the recycle bin clsid:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08 -00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder
There's a binary value usually set to "40 01 00 20" there. If you change it to "50 01 00 20" the bin gets the option ("Rename" option) added.

For more information, refer to the section named Attributes in this page.