This tutorial is written for Windows XP users who are tired of the cliché “Recycle Bin” and would like to rename their trash folder to something unique. Read below to find out how you can rename the trash folder to anything you choose.

The first thing you must do is open the “Registry Editor”, which can be opened by holding the “Windows” key and then tapping the “R” key.


Once the “Registry Editor” is opened you must navigate to the location shown below:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ CLSID \ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}


Once you get to the location shown above, you will need to edit the value to whichever name you would like to appear in place of “Recycle Bin”, such as “Trash” or “Garbage Bin”. To edit the value you must right click the value named “LocalizedString” and then select “Modify” from the context menu that appears and then enter the preferred name and hit “Enter”

In case you do not yet understand the value you need to edit, it is circled in red in the screenshot below:

Recycle Bin Renaming

Once you have renamed the value and hit the “Enter” key, the value will be set and you can close the “Registry Editor” window by clicking the red “X” in the top right corner of the window.


After you have closed the “Registry Editor” window you can restart your computer to be absolutely certain that the change will fully take effect or you can continue using your computer normally (although your ”Recycle Bin” may still be named the same, until you restart).

Congratulations. You just modified the Windows XP registry to make it work for you by changing the default name of your trash folder. Enjoy your newfound Windows XP modification knowledge.