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The Tech-Recipes tutorial blog writes up a quick guide on docking the Recycle Bin icon as a separate item on the Windows 7 taskbar, instead of underneath Windows Explorer.

Following the guide is simple enough—just create a new shortcut to explorer.exe with shell:RecycleBinFolder as an argument, assign the Recycle Bin icon in the properties, and then choose Pin to Taskbar on the context menu. Once you are finished, you'll have a separate recycle icon on the taskbar—useful for quick access to deleted files without having to hunt down an icon on your desktop, especially since Windows 7 doesn't natively include the ability to pin the Recycle Bin to the desktop.

If you need a step by step guide, see the full tutorial on Tech-Recipes

[via lifehacker]