If you've started using the Start Menu search box as your primary application launcher, you've may have come across a weird annoyance: By default, you can't open the Recycle Bin from the search box.
Over at the How-To Geek site (my home away from Lifehacker), writer Matthew writes up the quick and easy trick to opening the Recycle Bin from the start menu, through the search box or even just using the mouse; all you need to do is create a new shortcut to the Recycle Bin, which will then be searchable and launchable from the Start Menu search box.
To make your own shortcut, just open up the Start Menu folder (type Win+R, paste %AppData%MicrosoftWindowsStart Menu, and hit Enter), create a new shortcut (right-click -> New -> Shortcut), and paste explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder into the prompt. Give it a name (Recycle Bin Shortcut, perhaps?), customise the icon if you like, or even add a shortcut key. More importantly, you can now launch the Recycle Bin easily from the Windows Start Menu search box. You can use the same trick anytime you want to open something through the keyboard, by just creating shortcuts in the Start Menu to your favourite portable applications, documents, or scripts.
Add the Recycle Bin to Start Menu in Windows 7 [How-To Geek]