Delete a SharePoint site or subsite

When you no longer need a site or subsite, such as one created for a completed project, you can delete it to free up space. To delete a site or subsite in Office 365 or SharePoint Server, you need to be an admin or have Full Control permissions.

Note: Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

When you create a team site in Office 365, a corresponding Office 365 group is automatically created. Office 365 group-connected team sites are also created when you create an Office 365 group in Office 365. To delete a SharePoint Online site connected to an Office 365 group, you need to delete the Office 365 group itself. You can do this from the group-connected site you want to delete.

The subtitle Group will show on group-connected sites
  1. Navigate to the group-connected site you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  Office 365 Settings button at the top of the site and then click Site information.

    SharePoint site information link

  3. On the Edit site information panel, click Delete site.

    SharePoint site information panel

    Note: Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

  4. In the Delete Office 365 group pane, confirm that you want to delete the Office 365 group and the associated site, files, etc. and click Delete.

    Note: When you delete a group, there can be a delay before the site is removed from SharePoint.

When you delete a site, you’re also deleting any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists and list data.

Note: You need to have Full Control permissions to delete a site or subsite. If you don't have this level, talk to your site administrator or manager. See Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

If you’re sure you want to delete the site, and you have the correct permissions, follow these instructions:

  1. Navigate to the site or subsite you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  Office 365 Settings button at the top of the site or subsite, and then click Site Information > View all site settings or, if in the classic SharePoint experience, click Site settings.

    View all SharePoint site settings Site Setting drop down
  3. Click Delete this site under the Site Actions heading on the Site Settings page.

    Site settings menu with Delete this site highlighted

    Note:  If Delete this site doesn’t appear on the Site Settings page, you may not have permission to delete this site, or you're trying to delete a top level Office 365 group-connected site.

  4. On the Delete This Site page, verify that you are deleting the correct site, and then click Delete.

    Delete site warning and confirmation screen

Delete a SharePoint Server site or subsite

When you delete a site, you’re also deleting any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists and list data.

Note: You need to have Full Control permissions to delete a site or subsite. If you don't have this level, talk to your site administrator or manager. See Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

If you’re sure you want to delete the site, and you have the correct permissions, follow these instructions:

  1. Navigate to the site or subsite you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. at the top of the site or subsite, and then click Site settings.

    Site settings option under the Settings button

    If you're using SharePoint Server 2010, click Site Actions Site Actions Menu and then click Site Settings.

    Site settings on the site actions menu

  3. Click Delete this site under the Site Actions heading on the Site Settings page.

    Site settings menu with Delete this site highlighted

    Note:  If Delete this site doesn’t appear on the Site Settings page, you may not have permission to delete this site, or you're trying to delete a top level Office 365 group-connected site.

  4. On the Delete This Site page, verify that you are deleting the correct site, and then click Delete.

    Delete site warning and confirmation screen

Deleted a site by accident?

If you accidentally delete a site in SharePoint, it can usually be restored from the site collection recycle bin by a site collection administrator. See Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin.

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Updated August 3, 2017 thanks to customer feedback.

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