Sorry I Should have been more specific. My os is xp. I think I may have caused the problem when trying a programme called xptuneup which I think had the ability to hide the recycle bin icon on the desktop. The problem is that I got the programme from a magazine coverdisc which said it was freeware. However I now find that after 1 use the programme will not now run from the "try first" button. As I don't have the money to buy right now I need another way to access the recycle bin.